Greenland Education Tour 2012


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What Are They Doing?

Glacier outside of Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandGlacier outside of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries of 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.

The 2012 expedition's work built on past 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.

US JSEP DelegationJSEP participants from the United States

The program had two components.
Kangerlussuaq Science Field School: 29 June - 12 July 2012
US Science Education Week: 12- 22 July 2012

Where Are They?

View over the Greenland CoastView over the Greenland Coast 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. The climate in Kangerlussuaq is arctic, with temperatures ranging from -25 to 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year and averaging between 5 and 18 degrees during July.

Expedition Map


Science Education Week Group picture after NEEM visit
Summary Nivi Rosing of Nuuk was the first student to leave at 8:05am followed closely by Aggu Broberg and Cecilia Heilmann. The Danes left next followed by the Greenlandic and Danish teachers Lisbeth and Torben. By the afternoon we were down to the two US students, 2 US teachers and one Greenlander, Malou Papis who did not fly out until Monday. We were sad to see our Greenlandic and Danish friends go. We had all become so very close over this past month. Facebook has been a flurry of uploading pictures and tagging everyone. On July 22 all the US participants boarded a C-130 for Albany...
The Dome at NEEM
Summary This post contains all of our activities at NEEM. We arrived on July 19 and left on July 20. We arrived at NEEM yesterday and have been busy since we hit the ground. Yesterday students toured the ice core site, learned about research that will happen after the ice coring complete (which just happened yesterday, July 19, 2012!), did a snow mobile treasure hunt and of course had a beautifully prepared Leg of Musk Ox. In the evening students were tasked to be creative and come up with art that represented their time in the JSEP program. Pictures of the day's activities and our...
Charlotte Madsen (DK) airing up the raft
Summary Students spent the morning working on their Summit video and the afternoon with Lisa Pratt's Indiana University group. The group is testing various types of equipment to determine whether they may be able to detect methane in the field. If the equipment performs well here they hope that the equipment can be used for future rover missions to Mars. Summit Video 2012 Pictures Charlotte Madsen (DK) airing up the raft Charlotte Madsen (DK) helps Seth Young collect Methane Alex (US), Marisa (US) and Cecilie (DK)...
Cecilia Olsen-Heilmann taking Aggu's callsign during the hike to the waterfall
Summary In the morning students worked with IGERT fellow Kaitlin Keegan. Kaitlin had the students use their snow pit measurements they took at Summit to calculate the snow density as a function of depth. She then showed them data from 2010 and compared the results. Fie Thorup Hansen wrote up the results. The report is below. Firn Density Measurements At 8:30pm the group went to the local waterfall. Since its daylight 24/7, we can do fun things late into the evening. We returned at 11pm. Pictures are below. Cecilia Olsen-Heilmann taking Aggu's callsign during the hike to the...
Fog Bow at Summit Station Greenland July 2012
Summary Bag drag was at 6:30am and students boarded the flight by 10am. When the C-130 landed several Kangerlussuaq residents were on the flight as a "turnaround" tour. Aggu Broberg of Disco Bay was asked to be a tour guide and interpreter. We then boarded the flight for the 1.5 hour flight to Kanger. When we arrived in Kanger we had lunch and students took showers (having been 3 days since we'd had one!), did laundry and generally relaxed for the rest of the day. Tomorrow students will work on producing their Summit video and visit a local waterfall. Here is a picture we took the...

Expedition Resources

Project Information

25 June 2012 to 27 July 2012
Location: Greenland
Project Funded Title: Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and the US Science Education Week

Meet the Team

Shelly Hynes's picture
Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts
Natchitoches, LA
United States

Shelly Hynes is the US Science Education Week Leader.
Before being named a 2011 – 2012 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Shelly F. Hynes taught Astronomy and Physics at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (LSMSA) in Natchitoches, LA for 10 years. She received her B.S. in Physics from Northwestern State University and a M.S. in Physics with a minor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At LSMSA she is most passionate about individual mentorship of students via science research. Shelly sponsors the Regional, State and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competitions at LSMSA and prepares students for the Siemens Competition and Intel Science Talent Search. In 2006 her research student was named an Intel Science Talent Search Finalist and for her mentorship, Mrs. Hynes received the honor of having asteroid 1998 HC96 renamed to 22586 Shellyhynes. As an Einstein Fellow Shelly coordinates the US component of the Joint Science Education Project, a student field expedition to Greenland. She recently finished an expedition to Antarctica where she held webcasts with students from Louisiana.

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Kangerlussuaq Science Field School

Kasper Busk is the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School Leader.
He earned a B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in biology from Copenhagen University. Kasper has taught chemistry, biology and biotechnology at the high school level in Greenland and Denmark for five years. Currently Kasper is the coordinator for Greenlandic high school reform and leading the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School.