Joint Science Education Project 2013

What Are They Doing?

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

Where Are They?

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.


Here is Josefine's reflection on Summit. I'm posting it in Danish, with a rough English translation following. -- Lynn Danish Kl. 9.00 stod vi alle klar uden foran Kangerssluak efterskole, hvor vi bor, klar til at tage flyet til Summit Station. Vi blev kørt med bus derud, hvor et kæmpe C130 fly ventede os. Det var en flyvetur, vi alle havde set frem til, og en flyvetur vi sent ville glemme. Mange af os småblundede, da flyet landede med et bump, hvorefter en af soldaterne i flyet over radioen fortalte os, at vi sad fast. Noget vi senere hen fik at vide, sjældent skete én gang hvert tiende...
Nearing the end of this trip we all went to bed knowing this would be one of the last days we would see each other. Nobody wanted to wake up, but we all knew we needed to. When we were all ready to get up and go we left for the Cantina for breakfast. Breakfast was eggs, bacon, and toast, accompanied with a team meeting on what we were going to do today. With the finishing of breakfast we headed back to our building. When we got back, we packed our lunch and saw a presentation given by Dr. Lisa Pratt and Sarah Cadieux of Indiana University. Their presentation was about the relation between...
This morning, we were all excited to jump in the cars, especially the “La Vida Loca”, a Lada Niva car (used by the Russians in James Bond movies) nicknamed so by Britta. Our caravan of trucks and cars rode up to the cantina for breakfast, Britta enjoying Ronin’s rock music all the way. After a filling meal, we returned to begin editing our films and packing our bags. We attempted to cram in some film clips while others cleaned and the two of us took a short break to pound flowers into fabric in order to stain it. After lunch, it was time to go souvenir hunting. So it was back to “La Vida...
We would be leaving Summit Station today! We woke up and packed up our bags. Our packs needed to be loaded and put on the sled. We also wanted to be in the Big House for breakfast before 8:00 so we wouldn’t interrupt the morning meeting where the day is outlined and each crew member and scientist group gives their updated progress report and what they would doing for the day. Our group also gave the crew a big thank you for our stay and a student from each of our countries gave a message of gratitude in their native language. So we had a message in Greenlandic, Danish, and English. It...
The start of this lovely day began similarly to all the others, a very cold walk to the Big House, a self-served breakfast, and a meeting with all the workers here at Summit. After the meeting, where we all talk about what we’re doing today, we went to the snow pit to take some more samples. We met with Dr. David Noone and Max Berkelhammer (of the University of Colorado - Boulder) and slowly made our way to the snow pit. Once we got there about half the group went into the snow pit and the other half stayed outside to make the wall thinner, allowing more light to pass through, which makes...

Expedition Resources

Project Information

28 June 2013 to 19 July 2013
Location: Kangerlussauq and Summit Station, Greenland
Project Funded Title: Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and the US Science Education Week

Meet the Team

Lynn Reed's picture
Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation
Chester, VA
United States

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.

Sobre Lynn:
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's picture
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.

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