Resource Type
Completion Time
About a week
Middle School and Up
Download, Share, and Remix
Jillian Worssam
Related Members
Digital voice recorder
Participating field scientists
Long distance phone connections
Computer and accompanying software
Internet access
General Polar Science
General Polar Careers


Students will develop an understanding of what it takes to interview scientists, and take the corresponding data and reformat it into an electronic medium.


Students will be able to write questions to scientists in the field, interview, take the data collected, and convert to an electronic format including MP3 clips and post to the Internet.


Students can become familiar with the PolarTREC website ( in order to contact interested scientists undertaking research at both poles.


DAY ONE: Introduction to writing interview questions. Students will choose scientists, do Internet research as to the focus of their scientific study and then develop a series of questions designed to share information about their scientific careers in the polar regions (one hour).

DAY TWO: Students conduct phone interviews with participating scientists. All interviews are digitally recorded as well as manually written by the pairs of students (one hour).

DAY THREE: Students put digital voice recording on the computers, listen to the recording and take more detailed notes to summarize pertinent facts (forty-five minutes).

DAY FOUR: Students choose a section of the digital recording to edit and use as an MP3 clip for inclusion on a web page (at least one hour). This could turn out to be a two day lesson.

DAY FIVE: Students take the clips taken from the digital recordings as well as written notes and re-write their polar profiles for submission to a web page.


PolarTREC website for contacting interested researchers:


  • Final test on making an edited MP3 audio clip.
  • Final interviews graded through the six traits writing program.
  • Student journal through the entire lesson.


Jillian Worssam, jworssam [at]


Content Standard E: Science and Technology: Content Standard F: Science In Personal and Social Perspectives: Content Standard G: History and Nature of Science: a. Abilities of technological design b. Understandings about science and technology e. Science and technology in society a. Science as a human endeavor

Standards Other

Arizona State Standards:

1T-E2 PO 2-3 3T-E1 PO 1 3T-E2 PO1 3T-E3 PO1

Writing Strand One and Two Writing Strand Three – Concept 2 PO 1-2

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by this program are those of the PIs and coordinating team, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.