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, 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.

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