Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
A couple of useful source of potential stories and information are the various electronic newsletters being released by the various research programs. Two I enjoy and track regularly are the European Damocles project ( the name itself should catch your interest ) http://www.damocles-eu.org/cruises_autumn_2007.shtml and the Canadian Arctic Net http://www.arcticnet-ulaval.ca/ . The lead story from Damocles is about the sailing vessel TARA that has been frozen in and serving as a “drift bouy” for a year now. From the Tara site you can get regular updates and you could probably email the crew of scientists and maybe even set up an interview. Originally I thought Tara might drift east from north of Siberia and enter or come close to the western Canadian Arctic but from the latest plot of their drift course available on its web site it looks like it won’t come close instead having trended towards the pole and northern Greenland http://www.taraexpeditions.org/ It easy to subscribe to both from their web sites. Ian R. Church Chair, Canadian IPY National Committee,
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sea ice studies…students in Kimmirut, NU did some as part of the Northern Climate Change Schools Program back at the beginning of the decade. See the lesson plan at : http://www.taiga.net/nce/schools/lessonplans/seaice.html
And the community/class profile at: http://www.taiga.net/nce/schools/profiles/kimmirut.html
Note from Karen Edwards, Canadian IPY Secretariat
Please note September 21st will mark the first of first of quarterly International Polar Days, lead by the International Program Office (IPO) and the international Education, Outreach and Communications (EOC) subcommittee, to sustain public and media interest on IPY over the period of IPY.
The IPO has issued a media advisory (http://www.ipy.org/index.php?/ipy/detail/ipy_presents_sea_ice_day/) and an information page (http://www.ipy.org/index.php?/ipy/detail/sea_ice/) that outlines activities/experiments that teachers and students can conduct on Sept 21st to mark the IPY Sea Ice Day. Classrooms can also launch a virtual balloon on the IPY map to indicate that they have participated in the event.
We have tried to include as much Canadian content and resources on the information page but if there are key areas we have missed then please feel free to let me know and I can send that information on to the IPO for inclusion on the web.
We are trying to organize some of the students that participated in the Students on Ice cruise this summer to give talks in local classrooms for that day. The timing is short but we will work with whatever opportunities we can within the given timeframe.
This first IPY day will allow us to create a model for the next on in early December.
All the best, KarenKaren Edwards Coordinator Canadian IPY Secretariat Z-908 Biological Sciences
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The NASA International Polar Year Web site features extensive resources educators can use to engage students in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic, and their role in the climate and life on Earth. The material also covers the polar regions of the moon and Mars.
Educators can access an easy-to-use, searchable "NASA Polar Express" database of news, images, video, animations, posters and fact sheets. Educators can also use lessons, educational tools and datasets, reading materials, podcasts and vodcasts, curriculum-based science games and a calendar of International Polar Year events.
Educators and students may also visit featured pages on the Web site like those offering an animated Tour of the Cryosphere, a trip to regions of Earth covered in snow and ice. Polar-palooza features stories of life and research in the polar regions under an interagency educational and public outreach initiative.NASA - NASA & The International Polar Year (home site) Educators Page (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/IPY/main/educators.html) NASA IPY Multimedia page with cool videos NASA Web Site Offers Educators International Polar Year Resources (news release) Earthtimes.org -