Public Science Announcement

Description

Students will find an expedition within the PolarTREC archives and use the research to make a video explaining why studying polar science is important.

Overview

PolarTREC sends teachers on expeditions with real scientists to study in the field. Studying in the Arctic and Antarctic environments can be a harsh and rewarding experience. I participated in Operation IceBridge, an aerial study of the poles collecting data which is then disseminated to the public through the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Operation IceBridge collects different types of information that can be used in a myriad of ways.

Objectives

Students will create a short video describing an aspect of polar science and why studying the poles is important.

Lesson Preparation

Procedure

  • Have students explore the PolarTREC site and pick a research project to research and explain to the class.
  • Working in groups of three or four, students will use the PolarTREC website and the National Snow and Ice Data Center website to do research on a topic in polar studies.
  • Students will pick their topic from expeditions on the Virtual Base Camp (https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions). They can use computers, books, articles, and interviews with scientists to answer their questions.
  • The video will be no more than 4 minutes long and should be interesting and fun.
  • Students will be graded on their creativity and the science content of the video.
  • Before filming can begin, students must show an outline to the teacher with a script. For the outline, students will describe what is occurring in each scene of their movie.

Extension

Resources

PolarTREC Basecamp webpage: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions
PolarTREC Lesson webpage: https://www.polartrec.com/resources/search?f%5B0%5D=taxonomy_vocabulary_...
National Snow and Ice Data Center: https://nsidc.org/

Assessment

Use the attached Project rubric to assess the students' videos.

Author / Credits:

Adeena Teres
Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL
adeena.teres [at] browardschools.com

Other Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

HS-ESS2-2: Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
HS-ESS3-5: Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.

Florida State Standards

SC.912.E.7.3: Differentiate and describe the various interactions among Earth systems, including: atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
SC.912.N.1.7: Recognize the role of creativity in constructing scientific questions, methods and explanations.
SC.912.N.1.3: Recognize that the strength or usefulness of a scientific claim is evaluated through scientific argumentation, which depends on† critical and logical thinking, and the active consideration of alternative scientific explanations to explain the data presented.

Resource Details

Related Expeditions:
Related Members:

Region

Arctic

Completion time

More than a week

Grade Level

High school and Up

Permission

Download, Share, and Remix

Topic

Language & Communication | Snow and Ice Science | General Polar Science