I drove to Orlando a couple of days ago to head to the Florida Association of Science Teachers Conference (FAST) where I presented about PolarTREC and Operation IceBridge. I met Steve Kirsche, another PolarTREC teacher from Florida. It’s the first time I have ever presented at a science conference and I was excited and nervous. Everything went wonderfully. Steve and I both talked about PolarTREC, our experiences on our trips and about using the lesson plans found on the PolarTREC website.
Every PolarTREC teacher writes lesson plans that anyone can use and that are archived on the PolarTREC website. Participating in Steve’s lesson "Ice Cores – A Cool Way to Study the Past" allowed me to understand what Steve did while on his trip. Steve studied Dynamic Observations of the Microstructural Evolution of Firn. Yesterday, I dug playdough “Ice Cores” and got a chance to see what Steve did on his trip.
I talked about my lesson "Land Ice, Sea Ice, and Sea Level Rise" which shows students a visual representation of why land ice is the type of ice that will cause sea level rise because as it melts it is adding more liquid to the global ocean. I am glad we could share our lessons with our fellow teachers. These plans make Polar Science more accessible and understandable to students who are not familiar with the topics. To view the lesson plans from Steve and I, go to the Resources Page on the PolarTREC website and search for Lesson under Type.
I must admit. It wasn’t all fun and no play. I did stop at Disney Springs yesterday for a celebratory Dole Whip after the conference.