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Name: Nell Kemp
Occupation: Teacher
Organization: Lindblom Math & Science Academy
Location:
Chicago, IL
United States

About

Nell Kemp is a middle school life science teacher at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Ms. Kemp has a bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience from Lehigh University and a master's degree in education from DePaul University. The enthusiasm and creativity of the middle grades is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job, but also the most challenging. Students of this age group tend to have trouble thinking independently, so Ms. Kemp pushes students to participate in project-based learning activities and inquiry investigations.

This is Ms. Kemp’s second expedition with PolarTREC, having previously worked with Dr. Amanda Koltz studying the role of predatory spiders in high Arctic food webs. Just like last time, she anticipates that her experience with PolarTREC will show her students that "real" scientists complete their work in much the same way as they do, collecting evidence to support their initial research questions and hypotheses. Ms. Kemp’s goal on this expedition is to expose her students to accredited scientific research and researchers, and help them to recognize that they are capable of becoming the next generation of scientists themselves. Oh…and also to see that there is more to the Polar Regions than reindeer and polar bears…and Santa Claus.

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Journals

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3 October 2016 Back to School…
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30 August 2016 A Few Days to Regroup
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26 August 2016 Leaving the Tundra
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25 August 2016 Mycorrhizae
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24 August 2016 Roots-o-rama
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23 August 2016 The Pluck
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22 August 2016 The Experiment: Part 4 – What’s so Special About Nitrogen?
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21 August 2016 The Experiment: Part 3 - Deep Roots
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20 August 2016 Plants of the Arctic Tundra
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18 August 2016 The Experiment: Part 2 - A little background knowledge
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17 August 2016 The Experiment: Part 1 - Setting the Scene
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15 August 2016 The True Nature of Science in the Field
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13 August 2016 The Haul Road
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10 August 2016 Scissors, Glue Sticks and Pencil Sharpeners, oh my!
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14 June 2016 *Second* Chance of a Lifetime
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20 August 2013 Home…finally.
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26 July 2013 The End of an Experiment
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23 July 2013 Who Doesn’t Love a Good Parasite?
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19 July 2013 How Cute are Collembolans?
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17 July 2013 Meet the Berlese Funnel…and take a trip to the Arctic Ocean
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15 July 2013 The Wonderful World of Soil…and a dip in an Arctic Lake!
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14 July 2013 Mosquitoes...the plague of the Arctic Summer!
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11 July 2013 Catching Grayling and Walking on Aufeis...what a day!
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11 July 2013 Sampling Madness
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9 July 2013 Fascinating Food Webs
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