This lesson plan transports students to two field sites outside of Fairbanks, Alaska to investigate the interconnected relationships between climate change and permafrost. Students will use authentic field data from site photographs, soil temperature, and thaw depth measurements to draw inferences. An ESRI StoryMap, faux field journal, and 360 site images are used to engage students in the inquiry
This investigation allows students to explore the geography of Antarctica and become an active member of the citizen science project, PenguinWatch.
* Examine maps of the World, South Polar Regions and Antarctica and interpret geographic location influence on climates
* Develop map skills by learning how to use longitude and latitude coordinates to locate 6 research
Educator Allyson Woodard and the Permafrost & Community Team discuss permafrost and how members of the community of Telida are helping to collect data to study the science of permafrost in their Alaskan village. This presentation was broadcast live from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon on 28 March 2019.
PolarTREC has been an incredible experience for me, both professionally and personally. The expedition and experience have shifted the way I teach about science in the field and how I approach this with the students. It has also reiterated the fact that I am educating my students to think critically and ask testable questions. This experience
PolarConnect Event with Kevin Dickerson and Dr. Byron Adams discussing the science and field work taking place for the Dry Valleys Ecosystem Study in Antarctica. This event took place on 6 February 2019.
Never, in my 27 year career as a teacher, have I had so many students so interested and enthusiastic in so many broad and varied topics that they would have immediately dismissed as “boring” had I not participated in PolarTREC. I was happily mystified by the curiosity of the students and the depth of their interest in
PolarTREC Teacher Mike Penn and team leader Lee Welhouse discuss the science and their experiences while working in Antarctica on the Automatic Weather Stations. This event was broadcast live from South Pole Station on 17 December 2018.