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  • Tips For Classrooms | PolarTREC
    aware that this is NOT a live video feed Although the technology is getting better we are not able to do video webcasts from most of the polar research sites Get some practice using the speakerphone or computer microphone try it ahead of time if you need to Make sure that your computer has been set up and tested to run Collaborate Make sure you know how to use all of the equipment Have your students review related materials about the upcoming presentation and then have them brainstorm some questions that they would like to ask the teacher and researchers In preparation for the event you will need A quiet room A copy of the agenda if one was sent before the event Pen and paper for notes or note cards for students to prepare questions Your speakers or speakerphone plugged in A computer with Internet access that is projected to a large screen or on large monitor so that everyone can see Make sure your students know what an audio conference is and what is expected of them Your class comfortably seated Arrange all students about the same distance from the speakerphone or as close to it as practical During your live event Whenever you are not talking on the phone use the mute button or enter 6 to mute and unmute your phone Speak at your normal pitch and volume Direct your voice towards the microphone or phone Try to not interrupt the presenters there are usually 5 15 classrooms sharing the connection and we will get to questions as soon as we can Always identify yourself when speaking Example This is Joey Smith of Fairbanks School speaking Remember that people at other sites cannot see who you are your facial expressions or your surroundings If you are

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  • Press Release | PolarTREC
    and learn more about polar science by finding expeditions at www polartrec com Beginning in in early 2014 PolarTREC teachers will participate as a research team member in an authentic scientific expedition in the Polar Regions working in research locations from the Arctic Ocean to Antarctica as part of a program that allows teachers to experience first hand what it is like to conduct scientific research in some of the most remote locations on earth Teachers are selected through a nationwide search to participate in PolarTREC an educational research experience in which educators participate in polar research working closely with scientists as a pathway to improving science education Through PolarTREC selected teachers will have the rare opportunity to spend two to six weeks working with a research team in the Arctic or Antarctic While on field expeditions teachers and researchers will share their experiences with scientists educators communities and students of all ages through the use of Internet tools such as online teacher and researcher journals message boards photo albums podcasts PolarConnect real time presentations from the field and online learning resources After the field experience teachers and researchers will continue to share their experiences with the public and create instructional activities to transfer scientific data methodologies and technology to classrooms The first expeditions depart in April 2014 with teachers deploying to Greenland Additional expeditions will take place throughout the Arctic field season in the summer of 2014 The Antarctic field season will be in full swing by October and continue through the winter of 2015 This year s expeditions will range from the Arctic Circle to the South Pole and study a large scope of topics from marine biology to terrestrial ecology PolarTREC is managed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U S ARCUS and funded by the

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  • Newsroom: Inquiry | PolarTREC
    Press Release Inquiries Newsroom Overview PolarSphere Archives Press Release Inquiries For Teachers Overview Online Course Preexisting Relationships Resources Teacher Application Teacher FAQ Teacher Webinar Login For Researchers Overview Join Researcher Application Researcher Webinar Researcher FAQ Why Host a Teacher Quotes From Researchers Visiting a Classroom Access Resources Here Preexisting Relationships Resources Overview About Products Expedition Reports Collections Media Archive Find a Resource Contribute Fast and Fun Facts En Español Search form Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating PolarConnect Newsroom Inquiry Are you looking for more information about PolarTREC that you could not find on the website Are you writing a story or article and would like to interview a PolarTREC Project Manager Teacher or Researcher We re happy to help with any information or interview requests Please contact us Janet Warburton PolarTREC Project Manager warburton at arcus org Sarah Bartholow PolarTREC Project Manager sbartholow at arcus org Arctic Research Consortium of the United States 3535 College Road Suite 101 Fairbanks AK 99709 Phone 907 474 1600 PolarConnect Overview Archives Register Instructions FAQ Tips for Classrooms Press Release Inquiries About Virtual Base Camp PolarConnect Newsroom For Teachers For Researchers Resources 2015 PolarTREC Login Contact Site Feedback

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  • Newsroom | PolarTREC
    Media are welcome to use photos from teacher journals and photo galleries We ask that you please credit each photo as follows Photo by X PolarTREC 2009 Courtesy of ARCUS Additional photos graphics videos and presentations from the polar regions can be found online through the ARCUS Internet Media Archive Media seeking additional information about PolarTREC please contact Janet Warburton PolarTREC Project Manager warburton at arcus org Sarah Bartholow PolarTREC Project Manager sbartholow at arcus org Arctic Research Consortium of the United States 3535 College Road Suite 101 Fairbanks AK 99709 Phone 907 474 1600 Recent Media Coverage PolarTREC is making news around the country Click the articles below to check out recent news coverage Visit us in the future to search all PolarTREC media coverage Article Date Publication DJ Kast Research Connection Article 3 February 2016 Chino Valley People Dieuwertje Kast 16 January 2016 How a PolarTREC Teacher Makes a HUGE impact with Polar Day 15 January 2016 Lourdes teacher chosen for NASA research in Arctic 15 January 2016 A Cool Experience 15 January 2016 The News Item Innovative Beyond Their Years and Recognized by Forbes 14 January 2016 USC Rossier PolarTREC article about DJ Kast 22 December 2015 The Graduates of Seal Team 6 Roxanne Beltran and Amy Kirkham 4 February 2015 University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Biological Sciences Un profesor boricua investigará en la Antártida 30 December 2014 Un profesor puertorriqueño investigará en la Antártida sobre los neutrinos 30 December 2014 Arctic Adventures Reinforces Lessons at CC article 1 December 2014 Colorado College Bulletin ASPIRE Teachers and researchers working together to enhance student learning 14 November 2014 Elementa Pink Palace educator treks from the MidSouth to the South Pole 24 September 2014 High Ground Get Involved with Polar Expedtion to Antarctica 1 September 2014 Natural Awakenings

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  • PolarSphere | PolarTREC
    for a little book by Mel Friedman Antarctica A True Book published by Scholastic Expedition Sphere PolarTREC begins populating Antarctica Mike League is still under the Ross Sea checking out the worms Follow him here Michelle Brown will be studying the human impact in Antarctica beginning in November Check out her upcoming expedition here Let s not leave out the Arctic Chantelle Rose will be traveling North in November doing some winter sampling in the Arctic Learn more about this unique expedition here Get your students to check out these expeditions ARCUS News Welcome Sarah Crowley joined the ARCUS staff in Fairbanks AK Sarah accepted the position of Education Project Manager this fall as Kristin Timm moves on to graduate school Through her years teaching Sarah developed a passion for polar science and facilitating meaningful education experiences for her students and other teachers Her M Ed and Graduate Certificate in Education Environment and Community are from the University of Washington Seattle Alaska is now home and she is thrilled to be part of the PolarTREC community Feel free to contact Sarah anytime at crowley at arcus org Important Events Sphere Upcoming Event Join Michael League and the research team for a PolarConnect live event from McMurdo Station Antarctica on Friday 14 October 2011 at 10AM Alaska Daylight Time 11AM PDT 12PM MDT 1PM CDT 2PM EDT Participation is simple and free Register Now As part of the IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference a PolarEDUCATORS Workshop April 20 22 2012 is being organized to bring together 150 international educators to attend a two day professional development workshop To learn more visit PolarEducators Workshop website NOAA Teacher at Sea program is currently accepting applications for the 2012 field season The application deadline is Wednesday November 2011 For more information visit http teacheratsea noaa gov Applications are available at http teacheratsea noaa gov apply index html The next Cyber based Interdisciplinary Science Education C ISE course for teachers will focus on life sciences This is a 1 credit 500 level course hosted through the University of Alaska Fairbanks The fall course will focus on the marine science projects being conducted out of McMurdo Station Antarctica Registration will be available by mid September through the website If you are interested in presenting for the course please contact us at PolarTREC info at polartrec com Questions Comments Feedback Let us know what you think about PolarSphere If you have suggestions comments and or want to contribute something please email Gary Wesche polargary at gmail com or any of us at PolarTREC info at polartrec com We d love to hear from you PolarSphere 30 November 2011 Special Addition ANTARCTICA December 1 is Antarctica Day This young tradition inaugurated in 2010 celebrates the signing of the Antarctic Treaty which was signed Dec 1 1959 This edition of PolarSphere focuses on this remarkable continent Antarctica Day was initiated by the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces as an annual event to build global awareness of this important institution celebrating this milestone of peace in our civilization with hope and inspiration for future generations The Antarctic Treaty was adopted with the interests of science and the progress of all mankind so that today there is a variety of activities around Antarctica Day such as the Virtual Peace Balloon Launch classroom activities life events and much more Download Informational PDF Check out the activities sites and opportunities we have gathered for you from some of our friends in polar science Hope you will select a polar activity this month to mark this celebration Educational Sphere Below is an invitation from Jean Pennycook to take your students on a virtual trip to the Adélie penguin rookery in Antarctica Dear Educators Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Adélie Penguin breeding colony at Cape Royds Ross Island Antarctica Penguin Science is an NSF funded project engaging and educating classrooms and the public with Antarctic penguins as they raise their chicks and cope with global climate change Here are a few things you can do with your students Students adopt a penguin family keep a field notebook recording foraging trips egg hatching and chick rearing data Follow daily pictures as they raise their chicks Live pictures start Nov 10 2011 View Website Combine science art and geography as students track their postcards mailed to them from Antarctica View Website Design and make a flag to fly at our research station View Website Classroom ready activities teaching powerpoints short videos and movie clips on the biology and behavior of Adélie Penguins View Website Scientist Sphere Our science friends at ANDRILL share the following links Antarctica s Climate Secrets View Climate Secrets Website Environmental Literacy Framework activity book finished activities View ELF Website Core images and Data Sets View Core Images and Data Sets Website Ice Shelf Animation View Ice Shelf Animation Website Antarctica A Journey of Discovery View the book Our Science friends from CRESIS share the following link to classroom activities View CRESIS Activities Website Current Expeditions Sphere PolarTREC teacher Michelle Brown is in McMurdo Station Antarctica Humans have occupied the McMurdo Sound for over a hundred years Early visitors had little impact on the region but starting in the late 1950 s year round permanent buildings were established at McMurdo Station Over the years thousands of humans have visited this area and have changed the landscape Under its obligations to the Antarctic Treaty the United States maintains a long term monitoring program designed to track the environmental conditions in and around the station Each year this research team conducts environmental monitoring and chemical physical and biological sampling in and around McMurdo Station They will collect samples from both marine and terrestrial habitats as measures of human impact The results of this research will help document and minimize the impacts of future science and support operations in Antarctica PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose on the sea in the Arctic Chantelle s team is living and working from the United States Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy The team plans to collect some of the first winter information ever collected on the biology chemistry and physical oceanography of the Bering Chukchi and Beaufort Seas In particular they will be studying a very small crustacean called a copepod Copepods make up the base of the ocean food chain In addition to studying the ecology scientists will be onboard looking at chlorophyll marine mammals and birds Data collected during the cruise will be used to predict the future impacts of climate change on the oceans Important Events Sphere There are several upcoming PolarConnect real time events in December For more information and to register check out the PolarTREC website at http www polartrec com polar connect register DATE Thursday 1 December 2011 Celebrate Antarctica Day This event will start at 9AM Alaska Standard Time 10AM PST 11AM MST 12AM CST 13PM EST This special PolarConnect event celebrates Antarctica and specifically the Antarctica Treaty Join us and learn more about this special part of our world Speakers include Dr M Kennicutt and PolarTREC teacher Michelle Brown DATE Wednesday 7 December 2011 PolarConnect event with PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose and the Winter Sampling in the Arctic expedition This event starts at 9AM Alaska Standard Time 10AM PST 11AM MST 12PM CST 1PM EST This event is open to the public online and will be broadcasted from the American Geophysical Union AGU Meeting in San Francisco Questions Comments Feedback Let us know what you think about PolarSphere If you have suggestions comments and or want to contribute something please email Gary Wesche polargary at gmail com or any of us at PolarTREC info at polartrec com We d love to hear from you PolarSphere 17 February 2012 Scientist s Sphere The PI for PolarTREC educator Susy Ellison expedition was Dr Jeff Rasic who specializes in prehistoric stone tool technology and the archaeology of northern hunter gatherers He is particularly interested in how the earliest people of the North made a living at the end of the last ice age He is currently the acting curator of Archaeology at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and an archaeologist at the National Park Service in Fairbanks Susy writes of her experience following her expeditions as she worked with her students How does archaeology fit into my science curriculum I m fortunate I think to work at an alternative public high school where I have a fair amount of flexibility in designing and teaching my science classes I m currently teaching a class called Tools and Technology from Neanderthals to Newton Prior to my PolarTREC experience I would probably have focused the class on more current technologies and inventions Now with my new knowledge and contacts I was able to email my PI Jeff Rasic NPS Archeologist and curator at the Museum of the North in Fairbanks for advice and inspiration With his input on the most important inventions stone tools fire ceramics and cordage this class took a whole new direction Students started out focusing on using fire as a tool including a challenge to build a fire without modern technology and have moved on from there We ve been examining the evolution of tools how tools and technology intersect and whether fire is man s greatest invention or will be our biggest downfall I ve shared slides and stories from the summer and given my students a bit of insight into our ties with the past and the science that attempts to establish those ties We ve explored a bit of the world of Garbology analyzing the trash our culture might leave behind and what stories the mounds of plastic microwaveable dinner containers and buried iPods might tell Although it s a physical science class I have focused on that zone where physical science meets the metaphysical as we discuss tools technology and cultures Armed with my Junior Archaeologist merit badge I have a whole new perspective on the topic and it has been exciting to combine the science of archaeology with physical science and philosophy Best of all now I have added a new conversation starter to my repertoire Instead of only being able to say You know when I was in Antarctica wrestling seals I can shift the focus and say When I was coring the northernmost trees in North America or This wet weather reminds me of the time I was standing in a mud pit in Alaska searching for Clovis style points Educator s Sphere A PolarTREC Inspired high school archaeology history project By Michael Wing In 2009 I went to northern Finland to work on a prehistoric archaeology expedition with a team headed by Professor Ezra Zubrow of the State University of New York at Buffalo Archaeology presents a unique challenge for a teacher trying to bring his field experience into the classroom Archaeological sites are the ultimate non renewable resource Without close supervision from professionals it is neither appropriate nor legal for school groups to excavate archeological sites How then would I bring back what I had learned Fortunately one of the first things I learned is how much information can be obtained without digging A lot of what I did with Zubrow s team was surveying and making maps of visible features on the Earth s surface These activities can be done by anyone without the need for special permits On my return to California I learned of an enigmatic line of stones on public land near my home in Marin County The first Anglo American rancher in the area may have built it or it may be from the Mexican period or be prehistoric Nobody knows The line is 800 feet long and many of the stones are far too big for one person to move They are encrusted with lichens and many are buried deeply in the soil My students and I have begun to survey and map the line and make a database of the size shape location orientation lichen encrustation and degree of burial of each stone in the line Simultaneously we are interviewing historians archeologists government officials and stone wall experts from as far away as New England We don t yet have the answers to who built the line when or why But we believe that when our survey is complete we will be able to rule out some of the possible candidates based on the features of the line More information on our project can be seen on line at http www tamdistrict org drake science stones Technological Sphere Tablet ipad type devices are making it into more and more classrooms PolarSphere is looking to share ways you successfully use these devices in your classrooms Please send Gary an email on what you re doing to augment your science classrooms or programs REALLY a short email to Gary at polargary at gmail com is the way to start Current Expeditions Sphere PolarTREC teacher Nell Herrmann at Palmer Station Antarctica From Palmer station Antarctica Nell s research team will study the effects of rising ocean acidification and temperatures on seafloor dwelling animals in the shallow waters of Antarctica Several marine animals such as mussels snails and sea urchins use the naturally occurring calcium Ca and carbonate CO3 in seawater to construct their shells or skeletons As increasing amounts of Carbon Dioxide are absorbed the pH of the water is decreasing or becoming more acidic This is called ocean acidification In Antarctica it is predicted that water temperatures will increase due to rising carbon levels and the calcium carbonate needed by these organisms will decrease Being sensitive to small changes in water temperatures and unable to form adequate shells and skeletons many of these animals may have declines in health Understanding how these small animals will react to changing ocean conditions is important as several larger animals rely on them as a food source PolarTREC teacher Amber Lancaster due to board ship in the Waddell Sea Antarctica Amber s 40 day expedition aboard ship will be studying environmental changes occurring in the Antarctic Peninsula region as a consequence of the abrupt collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in the fall of 2002 As a result of this collapse a profound transformation in ecosystem structure and function has been seen in the coastal waters of the western Weddell Sea This transformation appears to be redistributing the flow of energy between organisms and to be causing a rapid change in the ecosystem beneath the ice shelf The overarching goal of the LARISSA LARsen Ice Shelf System Antarctica project is to describe and understand the basic physical geological and biological processes active in the Larsen embayment that contributed to the present phase of massive rapid environmental change This Summer follow PolarTREC teacher Wendy Gorton archeological expedition in NW Alaska This team will be continuing their work excavating portions of the Raven Bluff archaeological site the remains of a prehistoric camp that date to the very end of the last ice age about 10 000 years ago The site in Northwestern Alaska is important because it contains the oldest well preserved collection of archaeological animal bone in the American Arctic The goal of the team is to gather information at the site that can teach us about what the people who occupied the Raven Bluff site ate how they obtained processed and stored their food and how they manufactured their tools clothing and housing PolarTREC teacher Susy Ellison worked with this research team in 2011 visit her archived journals at http www polartrec com expeditions early human settlement in arctic al Important Events Sphere Watch for information regarding Polar Week March 18 24 sponsored by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists APECS Plans are being made now and announcements will be forth coming from many sources PolarSphere will forward details your way as they are made available Thanks to Susy and Michael this issue has had two great articles on archeology in Polar Regions Wendy Gordon s expedition this summer will also be focused on archeology Plan with your students now so they can follow her archeological expedition during their summer break Questions Comments Feedback Let us know what you think about PolarSphere If you have suggestions comments and or want to contribute something please email Gary Wesche polargary at gmail com or any of us at PolarTREC info at polartrec com We d love to hear from you PolarSphere 4 May 2012 Educator s Sphere Jillian Worssam PolarTREC teacher 2008 Transforming the traditional science classroom into the world of real time science and discovery Welcome to Scientists in the Classroom a yearlong collaboration project between scientists in the field and students in the classroom With a vigorous communication schedule and project plan students spend ten months learning from their mentors about a specific field of science and how that science has possible global implications From California to Rhode Island Connecticut to Alaska scientists and individuals in scientific careers have dedicated their time to mentor an Arizona eighth grader on the who what where why and how to become a scientist Our students have learned about robotics in Antarctica and climate change in Greenland the Mayan Calendar and floating sediment traps in the Bering Sea Check out our web page at http scientistsintheclassroom pbworks com and see some of the amazing work we have accomplished The year started with interviews and MP3 recordings moved through power point presentations research papers movies and now our culminating projects Students are making models of DART buoys to improve the Tsunami warning system writing songs about climate change and making a music video even making a mooring that will not get crushed by ice in the arctic ocean so that it s instruments can record data year round Science is a hands on discipline where knowledge and hard work bring us to new worlds of discovery Join our class in learning about some amazing careers in science

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  • Newsroom Archives | PolarTREC
    Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating Newsroom Newsroom Archives Browse the newsroom archives below Items per page 25 50 100 150 All Apply Article Date Publication DJ Kast Research Connection Article 3 February 2016 Chino Valley People Dieuwertje Kast 16 January 2016 How a PolarTREC Teacher Makes a HUGE impact with Polar Day 15 January 2016 Lourdes teacher chosen for NASA research in Arctic 15 January 2016 A Cool Experience 15 January 2016 The News Item Innovative Beyond Their Years and Recognized by Forbes 14 January 2016 USC Rossier PolarTREC article about DJ Kast 22 December 2015 The Graduates of Seal Team 6 Roxanne Beltran and Amy Kirkham 4 February 2015 University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Biological Sciences Un profesor boricua investigará en la Antártida 30 December 2014 Un profesor puertorriqueño investigará en la Antártida sobre los neutrinos 30 December 2014 Arctic Adventures Reinforces Lessons at CC article 1 December 2014 Colorado College Bulletin ASPIRE Teachers and researchers working together to enhance student learning 14 November 2014 Elementa Pink Palace educator treks from the MidSouth to the South Pole 24 September 2014 High Ground Get Involved with Polar Expedtion to Antarctica 1 September 2014 Natural Awakenings Middle school science teacher savors field research 18 August 2014 KyForward Back to the Ice Bartlett educator preps for second Antarctica quest 15 August 2014 Bartlett Express Eilers Returning to Antarctica 13 August 2014 Chillicothe Times Bulletin Antarctica Revisited by Alex Eilers 4 August 2014 The Best Times Fit for Travel 25 July 2014 Good Health Magazine Experiences of Lauren Watel During her PolarTREC to the Arctic 14 July 2014 Invitation to Join PolarConnect with Regina Brinker 3 July 2014 The Independent Informative Letter to Media 2 July 2014 U S and Chile Initiate Antarctic Science Education Effort

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  • For Teachers | PolarTREC
    Overview Join Researcher Application Researcher Webinar Researcher FAQ Why Host a Teacher Quotes From Researchers Visiting a Classroom Access Resources Here Preexisting Relationships Resources Overview About Products Expedition Reports Collections Media Archive Find a Resource Contribute Fast and Fun Facts En Español Search form Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating For Teachers For Teachers PolarTREC Teacher Karl Horeis works on an archaeological excavation in arctic Alaska PolarTREC has several activities opportunities and resources for teachers to learn more about the polar regions and polar science Navigate through the features of this page to learn more about the PolarTREC program explore ways to participate in research experiences or the polar science online course and search for resources to teach about the polar regions Whether you are interested in a teacher research experience building new professional networks or enriching your classroom content PolarTREC has something for every educator 2016 17 Application Period is Closed We anticipate announcing the finalists by late December 2016 A new round of applications will be announced in the summer of 2016 Any questions or comments can be directed to Sarah and Janet at info at polartrec com For Teachers Overview Online Course

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  • PolarTREC Online Course for Educators | PolarTREC
    course materials and activities that utilize real time connections with teachers and researchers working in the polar regions genuine polar science data and an innovative learning community which allows participants to jointly construct knowledge These courses are made up of three 1 credit modules offered in the spring summer and fall starting in March 2011 Annually the modules will cover a specific polar science subject related to physical earth or life sciences The course design allows K 12 educators especially those who teach multiple subjects with fresh content related specifically to the subjects they are teaching Each session is limited to 15 participants and some scholarships will be available each semester Course content is administered by and developed in consultation with teachers well versed in transferring polar research to the classroom and polar scientists especially early career polar scientists Polar scientists interested in making contributions to the course should e mail info at polartrec com with your name institution location and a brief description of area s of science expertise Upcoming Course Series is completed Course Syllabus n a Registration n a DO NOT send registration forms to University of Alaska Fairbanks This form must be returned by fax or email to ARCUS Contact information is available on the registration form Scholarships n a A limited number of scholarships are available for participants on a needs based basis These will be available in the fall Scholarship applications must be completed at the time of registration Applications must be submitted by E Mail info at polartrec com or by fax 907 474 1604 All fields are required Frequently Asked Questions How often is the class offered It is offered three times a year in the spring fall and summer How long is the course Completion of the course takes 3 weeks

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