This lesson plan is designed to teach students about the importance of the benthic community in the shallow portions of the Arctic and how climate change may affect their respiration. One of the dominant benthic animals in the Arctic, the bivalve Macoma sp., is an important food source for higher trophic level organisms such as walrus and Spectacled Eiders
This lesson plan is designed to teach students about benthic biodiversity in the Arctic by analyzing data from the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO). Although you can’t see them from the surface, the organisms found on the ocean floor are important indicators of ecosystem health and provide information about productivity. Students will explore sites throughout the Bering and Chukchi Seas
PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a professional development program that pairs K-12 teachers in the United States with polar researchers. Teachers engage in field research and develop long-term relationships with scientists in order to better understand the scientific process and implement the skills and knowledge they have gained into the classroom. The goal
Watch the archive of a live event with PolarTREC educator Piper Bartlett-Browne and the team working on the Northern Chukchi Integrated Study. Piper was joined by Dr. Lee Cooper and other teammates aboard the USCGC Healy for this event.
One of the first things to understand about the Antarctic ecosystem is what kinds of animals actually live there. This lesson provides a basic introduction to important Antarctic wildlife and how they interact with each other.
Students will be able to create a food web of the Antarctic ecosystem.
Kevin Tavares and his fourth graders at Old Hammondtown School in Massachusetts built a website to share what they were learning with the rest of the world. Mr. Tavares installed a location tracking device on the page that assigns a red dot to the country of each visitor. The students wanted to get website hits from all seven continents so
This is a one hour PolarConnect event with PolarTREC teacher Amber Lancaster and her research team aboard the RV Nathaniel B Palmer. They are studying the collapse of the Larson B Ice Shelf in Antarctica and its impact on the ecosystem of the Weddell Sea. Note: Due to satellite phone connection there are a few moments of dropped audio, the