Overview


This is a STEM-based lesson that can be taught in class or online. Students will analyze Weddell seal pup growth data, collected by the Growing Up on Ice, B-030, research team. To use this lesson virtually, include the data cards and have students either construct graphs and upload an image of their graph, or construct a graph and share

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Antarctic
About 1 period
High school and Up
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Overview

Students will engage in a virtual field experience on Huascarán Mountain in Peru, learning about how ice cores are collected and stored.

Lesson Preparation

Refer to Lesson Materials

* Copies of Worksheets
* Computers for students

Procedure


1. Read National Geographic Encyclopedia Entry Paleoclimatology and answer questions
2. Watch video Recovering Ice Cores (link in Resources).
3. Complete virtual

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Arctic Antarctic
About 1 period
High school and Up
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This lesson investigates the effects of different insulators (fur and blubber) on maintaining the body temperature of polar animals. Water balloons filled with warm water simulate the marine mammal. The blubber insulator will be simulated by covering the balloon in vegetable shortening. The fur insulator will be simulated by placing another balloon over the “marine mammal” and adding an

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Antarctic
About 1 period
Middle School and Up
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The PolarTREC Field Experience


Bridget Ward sitting on the Ross Sea Ice
Bridget Ward sitting on the Ross Sea Ice


I am honored that I get to share my field experience with so many individuals. Not a day has gone by since my return that I have not had a question about my expedition and I love the range of questions I receive. Honestly, I may have never really considered how many people are in

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Antarctic
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Archive of a live event with teacher Bridget Ward and researcher Dr. Heather Liwanag broadcasted live from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Bridget and Heather discuss the research that they are working on and what it takes for a Weddell seal to survive and successfully make the transition between two extreme environments – above and below the Antarctic sea ice – in

News story published on 4 October 2019 on Bridget Ward's research trip to Antarctica.

Mass Live article coverage on Bridget Ward's expedition to Antarctica. The link to the story can be found here. A PDF of the story is also available for downloading.

Screenshot of article.
Screenshot of article.

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Antarctic
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Overview

This investigation allows students to explore the geography of Antarctica and become an active member of the citizen science project, PenguinWatch.

Objectives

Students will:

* Examine maps of the World, South Polar Regions and Antarctica and interpret geographic location influence on climates
* Develop map skills by learning how to use longitude and latitude coordinates to locate 6 research

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Antarctic
More than a week
High school and Up
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