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

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:

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