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

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Antarctic IPY resources

Antarctic science: Practical activities for the classroom Welcome back to Australian teachers Caroline Lapworth and Jane Dobson, who have returned safely from their voyage to the Antarctic as part of the Australian Teachers Experiencing the Antarctic project. Caroline and Jane were very busy during their time away, and have created a marvellous education section on the voyage website: Of particular interest to teachers of science in primary and secondary schools is the Teacher's Toolbox, which contains excellent practical activities for the classroom and demonstrates the principles behind the science happening aboard the SIPEX voyage to the Antarctic. The 'Toolbox' will be added to over the coming weeks and is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interest groups and ages. To locate the Toolbox, go to the Education page of the website: Choose 'Teacher's Toolbox' from the menu on the left of the page. Feedback is welcome, to:

Monday, October 22, 2007

Polar-Palooza: there's an idea!

The human face of the exploration of Earth's polar regions is coming to science centers and museums across the United States. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are sponsoring the Polar-Palooza "Stories from a Changing Planet" tour beginning Friday, 19 October 2007, in San Diego, California. The tour will stop in cities across the U.S. in 2007 and 2008. NSF and NASA are funding Polar-Palooza and other education and outreach activities as part of the International Polar Year (IPY), which began last March and ends in March 2009. IPY focuses science and education on Earth's remote polar regions. The Polar-Palooza national tour features tales of science and adventure from polar glaciologists, geologists, climate scientists, oceanographers, biologists, and residents of the Arctic. Each tour stop includes multimedia shows with high-definition video, school programs, teacher workshops, and briefings for media and business leaders. Upcoming tour dates include: 19-21 October: San Diego area - Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Birch Aquarium, San Diego Museum of Natural History, and other locations 22-24 October: Albuquerque - New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science 26-28 October: San Francisco area - Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley 8-10 November: Tampa, Florida - Museum of Science and Industry 11-13 November: Atlanta - Fernbank Science Center 15-17 November: Baton Rouge - Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science Polar-Palooza is produced by Passport to Knowledge, Morristown, New Jersey, as an integral part of IPY outreach efforts. The "Stories from a Changing Planet" tour will continue in 2008, with events planned in Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Philadelphia, New York, Houston, and several other cities. For more information about Polar-Palooza and links to the 2007 tour schedule, please go to:

Friday, October 12, 2007

IPY Training, Communications and Outreach funding announced

International Polar Year (IPY) 2007 - 2008 is the largest ever international program of coordinated, interdisciplinary science and research focussed on the Arctic and Antarctic. The initiative, which began on March 1, 2007, involves research that will explore new scientific frontiers, improve our ability to detect change and deepen our understanding of polar processes and their global linkages. IPY involves as many as 60 countries, including Canada, and tens of thousands of scientists and research personnel from around the world. IPY is a unique opportunity to leave a lasting legacy of benefits for Northern, Aboriginal communities and all Canadians. Today, the Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year has issued a Call for Proposals for Training, Communications and Outreach projects in conjunction with International Polar Year. Innovative and creative proposals are being sought to help raise awareness about the Canadian Arctic, promote IPY and polar science and research, and provide training and skills development for Northerners, amongst other objectives. The Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year places important emphasis on engaging children and youth and wishes to encourage partnerships and collaborations in all aspects of its program. This Call for Proposals is intended to support activities and initiatives across the country, particularly in the North. Details regarding the Call for Proposals will be posted shortly on our website at The Call closes on January 15, 2008. Your assistance with helping to forward this email to as many interested applicants as possible would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

University of Alaska creates International Polar Year teaching guide

Read this article online.

A new guide created for teachers by the University of Alaska is aimed at integrating research being done in conjunction with the International Polar Year into classrooms across the state.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Arctic Net/Schools on website!

Our website has a new look! Please visit us at: Here’s what you’ll find.... Field Program: general information about the program, details about current and past trips; application forms for schools Students: selection criteria and application forms for field program; success stories Educators: selection criteria and application forms for field program; classroom resources; Arctic Marine Science Curriculum; lesson plans related to field program Scientists: resources on communicating science and conducting classroom visits; templates for planning onboard activities for Schools on Board Field program. Schools on Board Network – register yourself, your school, or your agency to receive our future announcements; join the network and enter to win - “Life on an Ocean Planet (textbook, CD-ROM, and curriculum guide). Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum - learn about upcoming youth forums held in conjunction with international ArcticNet/CFL science meetings Media – downloadable handouts and poster; access to the ArcticNet photo gallery Congratulations to the following schools who will be participating in our 2008 International Field Programs. These two programs will be part of the exciting IPY-Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) system study – one of Canada’s leading Arctic research programs being conducted during International Polar Year. For more information on this project visit the website at: Thank you to our international research collaborators for working with us on this exciting initiative. Field Program #1: February 29th – March 14, 2008 Ocean Research College Academy (USA) – collaboration with University of Washington Qingdao Middle School #39 (CHINA) - collaboration with Ocean University of China West Kirby Grammer School (ENGLAND) - collaboration with the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Frederic Mistral/Tecnic Eulalia (SPAIN) - collaboration with the Instituto de Ciencias Del Mar Sisler High School (CANADA) Nellie McClung Collegiate (CANADA) Inuksuit School (CANADA) Field Program #2: April 14 – April 28, 2008 Lochgilphead High School (SCOTLAND) - in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Vest-Telemark Vidaregaande Skule (NORWAY) - in collaboration with the University of Trømso, and IPY Norway Staedtisches Gymnasium Bad Segeberg (GERMANY) - in collaboration with IFM-GEOMAR Allvar Gullstrandgymnasiet (SWEDEN) - in collaboration with Göteberg University Collège Français Secondaire de Longueuil (CANADA) Samuel Hearne Secondary School (CANADA) Vincent Massey Collegiate (CANADA) Collège Jeanne Sauvé (CANADA) Individuals from these schools will form 2 international teams of high school students and teachers who will fly to Inuvik, (NT) and proceed to join the IPY-CFL science teams on board the CCGS Amundsen (Canada’s state-of-the-art research icebreaker) located just south of Banks Island in the Western Canadian High Arctic . Activities on the ship will include a series of lectures, lab activities and introduction to fieldwork in a number of science disciplines. This two week experience will also include 7 days on the ship and activities in the northern communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Thank you to all the schools that applied. Congratulations to all the students and teachers selected by their schools to participate in this very unique field opportunity. ---- 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 a scientific outreach program, housed at the Center for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba.