The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries of 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 gain first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.
In 2013, the 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.
The program had two components
Kangerlussuaq Science Field School: 28 June - 10 July 2013
Science Education Week: 11- 18 July 2013
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.
Lynn is a mathematics instructor who has been serving her fellowship with Polar Programs. She has co-led the Joint Science Education Project in Greenland during the summers of 2012 and 2013, where high school students and teachers from the U.S., Denmark, and Greenland experience Arctic research alongside scientists and other experts. Lynn traveled to McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations during December 2012 to better understand the U.S. science and logistics, and she works on both Arctic and Antarctic education projects as part of her fellowship.
Lynn es una instructora de matemáticas que ha venido desempeñandose como "fellowship" con el grupo de Programas Polares de la Fundación Nacional de Ciencias (Polar Programs of the National Science Foundation). Ella compartió el liderazgo del Programa Conjunto de Educación Científica en Groenlandia (Joint Science Education Project in Greenland) durante los veranos 2012 y 2013, en el que estudiantes de los cuatro últimos años de bachillerato (high school) y maestros de los Estados Unidos, Dinamarca y Groenlandia realizaron investigación Artica junto con científicos y otros expertos. Lynn visitó las estaciones de investigación científica de los Estados Unidos en la Antártida McMurdo y Amundsen-Scott Sout Pole durante diciembre del 2013, para entender mejor la ciencia Antartica americana asi como la logística necesaria. Actualmente, como parte de su, "fellowship" trabaja con proyectos educativos tanto en el Artico como en la Antártida.
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.