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.
The report is written by teacher participants upon return from their field expedition portion of the PolarTREC program. It summarizes the benefit of the expedition to the teacher, a description of activities, and a summary of how teachers plan to link this experience in classrooms and communities. This is a public document that will be posted in teacher portfolios and
PolarTREC teacher Jillian Worssam was one of a handful of teachers singled out by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona as an exemplary teacher. This article gives a sneak peak into Ms. Worssam's very hands-on, field-based classroom and how she connects with her middle school students.
This lesson introduces students to krill, their importance in ocean ecosystems, and the physical structures that make up the krill body. The students will then use the principles of a "floater" species and design their own krill, hopefully having a class competition to see who can build a better krill.
Students will understand the importance of krill in
The following PowerPoint presentation is part of an anticipatory set used to excite and introduce students to the many wonders of the Bering Sea. The PowerPoint is to be presented at the beginning of a unit about the Bering Sea.
At the start of a unit on the Bering Sea this PowerPoint video presentation will engage
When Pat (Roger) Kelly went to high school he loved science. He spent family vacations by oceans, and he had a lot of jobs outside. Pat had an uncle who was his role model. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Pat thought he had a "cool" job because
This interview was conducted by the students of Project New Start in Flagstaff, Arizona with Bering Ecosystem Study researcher, Dr. Calvin Mordy. In the audio file he describes what is in the water, and how it is impacted by changes surrounding the ocean.