International Polar Year, or IPY (2007-2009) is by far the most exciting international scientific and educational opportunity of this century. For the next two years, all eyes will be focused on the physical, social and human dimensions of our planet's polar regions. Watch this blog for news related to Canadian outreach and education efforts related to IPY. Of particular interest to educators! Note: This blog is created independently of any official IPY organization

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Schools on Board: deadline June 15th

Schools on Board goes International for International Polar Year! NOW ACCEPTING CANADIAN APPLICATIONS! to 2008 International Schools on Board Field Program Deadline to apply is June 15th, 2007 We’re very excited to announce that our next field programs will be connected to one of the largest IPY research projects being conducted in the Canadian Arctic during International Polar Year (2007-2008). This project, called the Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) system study, is an ecosystem study that will occur in the Western Canadian High Arctic (south of Banks Island), onboard the Canadian research icebreaker – CCGS Amundsen. It is multidisciplinary research involving scientists from 15 different countries. The Schools on Board program will work with schools in Canada, International researchers, and northern partners, to form 3 international teams of high school student and teachers, who will join the scientist onboard the icebreaker to learn first-hand, the questions, methods, challenges, and implications of Arctic climate change research. Each field program will include 12 participants –4 Canadian, 8 International. Dates: February to March, 2008 – exact dates of each program will be finalized after the CFL planning meeting in Quebec City, April 25-28th, 2007 Application & Selection: Spaces are only given to schools – schools can apply by filling out a School Application & Agreement form. Selection of schools will be done by committee. The selection criteria is described on the webpage. Successful schools will select their own student or teacher using criteria and forms provided by Schools on Board. Our website has been updated with current information about the 2008 field programs – general itinerary; costs; application process; application forms; and selection criteria. Look for Schools on Board on the following websites: Spaces are only allocated to schools – interested individuals (students and teacher) should forward information to their school administrators or science teachers. Due to the limited number of spaces available, only one space will be allocated per school – 6 student and 2 teacher spaces will be allocated. _____________ The Schools on Board Network consists of educators, scientists and agencies who are interested and connected to Arctic climate change research and science education. The network is used to announce field opportunities for high school students and teachers, inviting them to to join ArcticNet scientists and the Canadian Coast Guard, onboard the CCGS Amundsen, to experience a real science expedition in the Arctic/Sub-Arctic. Through its network Schools on Board informs members of field opportunities, classroom resources, and upcoming Arctic Climate Change Youth Forums. Please feel free to forward this email to other educators and scientists. If you would like to be added to, or removed from the network, please send an email to Lucette at: Visit our website at: Schools on Board is an outreach program of ArcticNet and CFL, housed at the Center for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba.

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