PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which formal and informal educators spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing educators and polar researchers together.
PolarTREC teacher Andrea Skloss’ lesson was inspired by her Chukchi Sea Ecosystem Study aboard the USCGC Healy. In order to understand why this area is a biological hot spot of productivity, scientists must study components such as the trophic levels and more.
In organisms and environments, the student knows that interdependence occurs among living systems and the environment
Gary Wesche, a PolarTREC teacher and board president of the Blue River Watershed Association, operated a community cleanup along with more than 30 of his students at St. John Francis Regis School. The head of the EPA was also on hand for the event.