Students will find an expedition within the PolarTREC archives and use the research to make a video explaining why studying polar science is important.
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.
Students will create a short video describing an aspect of polar science and why studying the poles is important.
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/
Use the attached Project rubric to assess the students' videos.
Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL
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