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

Thursday, September 13, 2007

International Polar Day, September 21

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 ( and an information page ( 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. Thanks so much for your help in distributing this information throughout your network.

All the best, Karen

Karen Edwards Coordinator Canadian IPY Secretariat Z-908 Biological Sciences University of Alberta Edmonton, AB, CANADA, T6G 2E9 Tele: 780-492-0486 Fax: 780-492-0493 Website:

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