Arctic Sea Ice Exploration: A Mathematical Expedition in Polar Science



This lesson was developed to explore the dynamics of arctic sea ice from the scientific, historical, and economic perspectives. Use math and polar science to examine the impacts of seasonal shifts, climate change impacts, and modeling to understand arctic sea ice.


This lesson can be taught in a variety of ways ranging from a teacher centered presentation to having students working through the assignment on their own or in groups and then presenting their findings to the class.


Lynn Foshee Reed (lynn.foshee.reed [at]
Einstein Educator Fellow (NSF – Polar Programs)
Adapted from the original exercise created by William Bauldry, Appalachian State University, and the Math Awareness Month 2013 version by Victor Donnay, Bryn Mawr College and Thomas Pfaff, Ithaca College.

Resource Details

Author(s): Lynn Foshee Reed
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  • Lesson Plan
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  • Excel Computer Program (for extensions)



Completion time

Less than a week

Grade Level

High school and Up


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