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

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

IPY 2007-2008 : A Yukon Source Page for IPY and Polar Research

Folks, this site is really quite a comprehensive portal for all things IPY! IPY 2007-2008 : A Yukon Source Page for IPY and Polar Research Blogmaster Amanda Graham from Yukon College in Whitehorse has done an amazing job of compiling so many wonderful resources in one location. Please check it out. Go through the link list to the left side...there is much to discover. I have put a live feed from this blog on the Polar Pals blog itself (see . If you are not yet into the world of RSS feeds, I suggest you use an aggregator like Netvibes ( to organize your information inflow. Remy

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Antarctic expection blog- -fiction

Hello, all-- Let me introduce myself. My name is Nancy Etchemendy, and I'm a writer. Most of my books are for children and teens. Through an unlikely series of events, I was recently invited to join two marine biology expeditions to Antarctica and write one or more children's books about them. On May 26, 2008, I will step out of the cozy room where I usually spin my tales, and will head south for the first of these expeditions, a month-long voyage aboard the National Science Foundation's icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer. Before, during, and after the voyage, I will be posting to two blogs, intended to provide interesting, informative, interactive reading for different age groups, and classroom opportunities and science facts for teachers. BLOG FOR TEENS AND ADULTS: "Rime of the Modern Mariner." Subtitled "A Horror Writer's Journey to Darkest Antarctica," this blog targets teens and adults in a traditional blog format, with each day's events and science activities mingled with my observations as an award-winning horror writer and amateur naturalist. BLOG FOR MIDDLE-GRADERS "Unarctica: Gib Finney's sequel to The Power of Un." For children ages 8-12, this blog tells the story of the expedition from the point of view of the three middle-school protagonists of my novel, The Power of Un. The blog weaves each day's factual and scientific events into an adventure story bound to hold the attention of even the most reluctant readers. Both blogs, as well as a press kit and fact sheet, can be reached from All best, Nancy Etchemendy