Joint Science Education Project 2014

What Are They Doing?

The tent city at Summit Station, GreenlandThe tent city at Summit Station, Greenland The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries. 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 past expeditions and is 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 has two components
Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and Science Education Week

Where Are They?

The Big House at Summit Station, GreenlandThe Big House at Summit Station, 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. 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.


Today was our last day at Summit Station. It was a very emotional day because it was probably going to be the last time we would ever be at Summit, at least for a very long time. We spent the morning packing and getting ready for the departure, which was scheduled at 10:25 am. In order to have everything ready, we had to get up early to start the day. Even though we got up early, the morning turned out to be great and everyone was ready on time. The plane arrived on time but we went outside a little before, so they didn’t have to wait for us to get ready. The problem was that we stood...
After we had eaten breakfast, we got a presentation from Gifford Wong. He is a PhD at Dartmouth. Before he started the presentation he talked a little bit about his earlier adventure to Antarctica, and then he had a little fun thing to do with us. He showed us how we could make Antarctic out from our left hand, and then some parts symbolized different places in Antarctica. His presentation was about understanding how a glacier moves. The presentation was divided into 4 parts: What makes a glacier, types of glaciers, a story of climate in ice, and how does a glacier flow. This last part of...
This morning was actually slower than normal because there were Northern winds. When we got up, everyone was actually just hanging around the Big House just relaxing and having fun. When there are Northern winds, the majority of equipment in camp gets shut down because of the pollution would drift towards the “clean air” section. At 10 am, we went to see the snow pit that we dug the day before. We were divided into two groups because there could only be a certain amount of people in the pit at once. On top of the pit, there were placed planks of plywood and snow, so that the holes were not...
JSEP 2014 at Summit Station
Today was the coldest morning we have had so far. It was also the Off Day for the staff at Summit. The staff works tirelessly six days a week, so today was their day off to relax and maybe visit the sauna. There was no morning meeting today, so we all ate breakfast an hour later than usual. After breakfast, we took a quick group photo in our iconic red JSEP shirts. Students participating in Arctic Science Education Week (part of JSEP 2014) pose at the Big House. Students and teachers participating in the Arctic Science Education Week (JSEP 2014) pose at the Big House. The mission for...
It was a lovely and beautiful day at Summit Station. We woke up early in the morning in order to enjoy this wonder of nature. Whilst taking a small walk to the Big House, we found ourselves amazed at the heat inside the outhouse. The breakfast food was good old regular American breakfast. After a lovely breakfast, it was time for the morning meeting in which we were introduced to many of the sweet staff members that lives in camp. We then got the chance to learn how to and experience the launching of a weather balloon. Lana talked to us about the equipment needed in order to talk the data...

Project Information

Dates: 27 June 2014 to 18 July 2014
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.

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