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, July 30, 2008

Students on Ice set to leave

Dear friends,

As sure as the Arctic Tern’s annual flight from Antarctica to the Arctic each year, Students on Ice are getting ready for another Youth Expedition to the Canadian North! We hope you will share this upcoming journey with us via We will be updating the site each day with student journals, videoclips, photos, scientific updates and more beginning August 2nd. With more alarming news from the Arctic this week, such as another large chuck of the Ward Hunt Iceshelf breaking away, it is more urgent than ever that we show the youth of the world what is happening in the Polar Regions due to Climate Change and inspire them to take action! Protect the Poles – Protect the Planet is the mantra for Students on Ice this year… help spread the Word! And here are some of the highlights of our upcoming journey:

- International Polar Year / Students on Ice Arctic Expedition August 2 – 17, 2008

- We are dedicating the expedition to our great and recently departed friend Dr. Fritz Koerner!

- Our expedition is endorsed by IPY Canada and IPY International and represents one of the largest IPY education events in the world.

- 20 northern Canadian students from the Yukon to Labrador generously funded by Canada’s IPY Federal Program and other northern partners will join our team.

- Canadian students from 10 provinces and territories

- 65 Students in total from 10 different countries, including Afghanistan, Norway, United States, Austria, United Kingdom, Monaco, Australia, Mexico and Canada.

- 70% of the participating students have been fully sponsored thanks to the generous support of many people and organizations all listed at

- Twenty international polar scientists, educators, artists and northern leaders, including the Hon. Ann Hanson, Commissioner of Nunavut, will lead lectures, workshops and hands-on activities.

- Topics studied during the expedition will include marine biology, earth sciences, history, sustainable development, culture, Arctic sovereignty, and environmental issues.

- Students will participate in numerous ‘hands-on’ activities – including an exciting ocean current experiment with the Institute of Ocean Sciences

- Everyday students will be involved in something new – visits to Inuit communities, participation in community feasts and meetings with elders and Inuit youth, zodiac cruises through pack ice and along huge bird cliffs, spotting for whales, polar bears and seals, visits to ancient Inuit historic sites, searching for evidence of climate change in the Arctic, etc.

- The main expedition goals are to inspire these future leaders, create polar ambassadors and environmental stewards, connect the youth to the Natural World, and make issues like Climate Change real and personal.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer! We will say hi to the Polar Bears for you…

In the expedition spirit,



Geoff Green

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Students on Ice Expeditions | Expéditions Students on Ice

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Integrating IPY research with public outreach or education?

Hello (apologies for cross-posting)
Have you been integrating IPY research with public outreach or education? If so, please consider submitting an abstract to the AGU session, ED03: IPY: Science and Outreach In Polar Partnership Note: AGU allows presenters to be first author on oral sessions in both science and education categories so you are allowed to submit an abstract to this, and also to your relevant science session.
Abstract: The International Polar Year 2007-8 continues to lead the integration of outreach, education and communication into research projects. Scientists and educators within the polar community have been working together to develop and share effective methods of communicating the important role of Polar Regions in the global system. This session is an opportunity to celebrate and profile successful partnerships between IPY science and outreach, explore best-practices, and set recommendations for future collaborations. We welcome abstracts from all areas of polar science and outreach, especially those that used IPY as an opportunity to explore new collaborations, techniques, audiences, and technology. We are interested in approaches used for international to local activities, evaluation of these, and how these might be applied to a different context.
The submission deadline is 10 September 2008, 2359 UT. To submit an abstract, please visit
Session details and convener contact information can be found at:
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Rhian Salmon, Jenny Baeseman, Louise Huffman, Nicola Munro, and Elena Sparrow

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Arctic Community Curriculum

22. Arctic Community Curriculum

From the Will Steger Foundation’s Global Warming 101 initiative, Arctic Community Curriculum focuses on community, solutions, and positive messages of hope and action in response to the challenge of climate change. Based on the idea that we are all members of the community of Planet Earth, the curriculum looks in detail at a specific area, namely the Arctic, to help us appreciate the meaning of community. The Arctic Community Curriculum is free of charge and compliments the other educational resources available through the Web site.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Request For Proposals Environmental Stewardship Project - Departments - Government of Yukon

Request For Proposals Environmental Stewardship Project - Departments - Government of Yukon: Request For Proposals Environmental Stewardship Project Project Description: To facilitate the planning of the Department of Education’s environmental stewardship project, including research of best practices, assessment of current departmental operations, development of strategic improvement plan, identification of resources and communication with partners. Proposals clearly marked “with the above project title”, will be received up to 4:00 pm local time, Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Contract Services. Terms of Reference may be obtained from Contract Services, (867) 667-5385, Department of Highways and Public Works, Second Floor - 9010 Quartz Road, P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2C6. Technical questions may be directed to Gordon deBruyn at (867) 667-3741."

Arctic Live from IPY Events for July-August, 2008

Contact: --------------------------------------- Arctic summers are busy! Here at ARCUS, we have been very busy getting teachers out on expeditions in the Arctic through the PolarTREC (Teachers & Researchers Exploring & Collaborating) program . A number of the PolarTREC teams have scheduled Live from the International Polar Year (IPY) events in July and August. What are Live from IPY events? * These are real-time, interactive events that utilize the Internet and phone for presentations. * These events allow participants to learn about the research being conducted in the field first-hand from the researchers and teachers while they are in a remote Arctic location. * Events are free to the public and at minimum require a phone or Internet access. How do you join an event? In order to participate in any Live from IPY event, we ask that you register online at . Instructions on how to join these events are sent out in an email once you register and are available for downloading on the website. Here is what is coming up on the Live from IPY schedule of events: 17 July 2008 - Join PolarTREC teacher Cathy Campbell and the research team at Toolik Field Station in Alaska. Learn more about their tundra ecology research. Event starts at 9:00 AM Alaska Daylight Time [7:00 AM HDT, 10:00 AM PDT, 11:00 AM MDT. 12:00 PM CST, 1:00 PM EDT]. 21 July 2008 - Join PolarTREC Teacher Jillian Worssam and the research team aboard the USCGC Healy in the Bering Sea. Learn more about the Bering Ecosystem Study '08. Event starts at 10:00 AM Alaska Daylight Time [8:00 AM HDT, 11:00 AM PDT, 12:00 PM MDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM EDT] 28 July 2008 - Catch up with PolarTREC Teacher Jillian Worssam and the research team aboard the USCGC Healy in the Bering Sea. Learn more about the Bering Ecosystem Study '08. Event starts at 10:00 AM Alaska Daylight Time [8:00 AM HDT, 11:00 AM PDT, 12:00 PM MDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM EDT] 8 August 2008 - Join PolarTREC teacher Missy Holzer, REU students, and the researchers from Svalbard, Norway. Learn more about changes that are occurring in the high Arctic. Event starts at 10:00 AM Alaska Daylight Time [8:00 AM HDT, 11:00 AM PDT, 12:00 PM MDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM EDT]. Questions? Please feel free to contact either Janet Warburton or Kristin Timm with questions about these live events. ************************************************************* Janet Warburton PolarTREC Project Manager Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) 3535 College Road, Suite #101 Fairbanks, AK U.S.A. 99709-3710 Phone: 907-474-1600, ext. 612 Fax: 907-474-1604 Email: Websites:;

Friday, July 11, 2008

IPY Canada newsletter

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Issue 13: Canadian IPY News June 2008

Latest Edition of Canadian IPY Newsletter

The Canadian IPY Secretariat recently released a hard copy of the Canadian IPY News that provides an update on the progress of the Canadian IPY program at the midway mark of IPY 2007-2008. An electronic copy is available from our website on contact us if you would like to receive a paper copy.

People at the Poles' Polar Day: Sept 24, 2008

On September 24th the international IPY community will celebrate the human dimensions of IPY. This is the first IPY to include the human health, social, political, and economic aspects of the polar regions and to fully engage polar communities in research development, implementation and dissemination.

Canada is leading the organization and development of the September Polar Day activities.

There are numerous ways you can get involved:

  • educational activity that will build stronger relationships with our ‘neighbours’ by connecting Arctic and non-Arctic schools in an exchange of ideas and experiences about where they live, what issues affect their everyday lives (socio-economic, health, environment, etc.) and the vision they have for their communities.
  • live radio events in three time zones featuring discussions of health, social, and economic research projects as well as highlights the cultural strengths in the polar regions
  • Sharing media stories with regional or national journalists
  • Organizing your own regional Polar Day activities around the People IPY theme

For more information please visit the International Polar Day section of the International Program Office website. Also, if you have any questions about how to get involved in 'People' Polar Day feel free to contact Karen Edwards ( or Krisit Skebo (

Beacons of the North - Research Infrastructure in Canada's Arctic and Subarctic

On 26 June 2008, the Canadian Polar Commission released the report Beacons of the North - Research Infrastructure in Canada's Arctic and Subarctic which presents a 25-year plan for research infrastructure – terrestrial and marine -- that covers renewal, operation, construction, replacement, and decommissioning. Its recommendations will help the Government plan its new arctic research station. It’s also an essential building block for constructing a national polar science policy.

IPY Legacy

The Canadian National Committee is currently undertaking discussions of the legacy of the Canadian IPY program by identifying key national components, networks and programs and the possible organizations and institutions that may be able to incorporate these aspects into their exisiting programs. If you have observations or comments on the legacy of the Canadian IPY program please feel free to pass those comments along to the Canadian IPY Secretariat at

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'People' Polar Day September 24, 2008,

From Karen Edwards

Hi everyone!

As part of the upcoming 'People' Polar Day September 24, 2008, we are trying to secure teacher/classroom/school interest in participating in the 'People at the Poles' Polar Day educational activity.

The activity is still being developed but the concept is to engage Arctic and non-Arctic classrooms in a global discussion of the changes (climatic, socio-economic, environmental, health, etc.) being observed in the Arctic regions. All classrooms would represent their discussions by submitting a video, poem, paper, song, etc and post it to a web interface. Web postings and discussions would begin with Arctic classroom submissions, the week before Polar Day, and the week of Polar Day the non-Arctic classrooms would download the Arctic postings and use those as the foundation for their discussions and post the impressions and reactions back to the web interface. This of course could seed a sustainable conversation well beyond the Polar Day.

Again, this is all still draft BUT it provides you with an outline to talk to teachers and schools in your region. More details will develop in the coming weeks but by then many of the schools may be closed. Securing schools now is only meant to guarantee participation on the Polar Day and does NOT preclude other schools from participating at that time. Further details will be available at the end of this month and will be circulated through all of these networks. .

If you know any schools/teachers in your region who are champions and you feel may be interested in being key participants for this coming September, please feel free to circulate this email to them and get them to contact me directly.

Thank you for your help in engaging global classrooms in this discussion. We are very excited to see the outcomes of 'People at the Poles' Polar Day.


Karen Edwards


Canadian IPY Secretariat