The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the United States, Denmark, and Greenland. The expedition members spent several days learning about the research conducted in Greenland, the logistics involved in supporting the research, and gained first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.
This year's work builds on the 2007, 2008, and 2009 expeditions and was supported by the National Science Foundation. The project was developed through cooperation with the U.S.-Denmark-Greenland Joint Committee, which was established in 2004 to broaden and deepen cooperation among the United States, the Kingdom of Denmark, and Greenland.
The group traveled to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland and then to Summit Station at the peak of the Greenland Ice Sheet, atop 3,200 meters of ice. Summit Station is a year-round scientific research station funded by the National Science Foundation.
Marti Canipe is a middle school science teacher from North Carolina. Currently she is serving as an Einstein Fellow in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. where she has worked on making polar education resources available to teachers as well as helping scientists connect with K-12 classrooms. During her twelve years at B’nai Shalom Day School, she taught third through eighth grade science, kindergarten through eighth grade technology, middle school mathematics, and eighth grade humanities. She has also served as the school’s technology coordinator for the last seven years. In the fall of 2010 Ms. Canipe will be teaching middle school science at the Wildcat Charter School in Tucson, Arizona.