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, September 22, 2008

Free bilingual event webcast at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on September 24.

As part of International Polar Year, the Polar Year Secretariat Office invites you and your students to be part of an exciting and free bilingual event at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on September 24.

September 24 is International Polar Day – “People at the Poles” – as part of International Polar Year, a multi-faceted research and communications effort involving over 60 countries. Canada will be hosting a live webcast at 10:00 am until noon from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC. Canadian researchers will lead discussions regarding human-related studies and issues. Students on Ice and Schools on Board and free refreshments will be served.

We invite you to share this announcement and invitation to view and participate in Polar Day activities. If there are any questions and/or if more information is needed, please contact Barbara Robinson at 519.515.0338. Note there may also be a possibility for funding support to provide buses to transport high school students.

Thank you for your interest in International Polar Day!

Barbara Robinson IPY Program Consultant

"People at the Poles" Polar Day - Join us and celebrate on September 24! This is the first IPY to include the human health, social, political, and economic aspects of the Polar Regions in its research program and to engage polar communities in research development, implementation and dissemination and we are developing innovative ways to share this story with the broader IPY community and public. More information is available directly at

Whether you are a researcher, a teacher, a public educator or just interested in life at the poles, there are a number of ways you can get involved.

    • Local and Global Discussion: Students can debate and discuss life in polar and non-polar communities, share their ideas with other students around the world and ask an expert about northern research. If you would like to get involved, download a flyer in your language, share around your networks, and talk to students in your area and around the world on People Day!
    • LIVE Radio events: For 24 hours on People Day CKLB Radio will be connecting people around the world through a webstream at or tune in live to 101.9FM in Canada's North. From 1:00-3:00pm EST, hear researchers and community leaders who work and live at the poles talk about their experiences. Students, general public, researchers - anyone - can call in toll free (1-877-217-2552) or blog ( to speak LIVE with the radio show announcers and experts.
    • Polar Day Public Event in Ottawa and Live Webcast: A Polar Day public event will be webcast live at 10 am EST from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, where IPY researchers will discuss their people-related research in the North. Invitees to this event will include representatives from the Ottawa Inuit Community, Students on Ice and the Circumpolar Young Leaders Program, as well as members of Northern Aboriginal organizations, Ottawa universities and high schools. This event will also be broadcast live on the web on the IPY Federal Program website - Join us at the museum or tune in and watch the show!

We hope you will circulate this around your networks and Get Involved in IPY! We are still looking for northern schools to get involved in all three Polar Day activities, please contact Kristi Skebo ( for more information.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Where in the World" page: ANDRILL

Hello IPY teachers, Check out ANDRILL's two new websites: and Go to the "Where in the World" page and add a marker showing where your school is! Hope you will join us as our ANDRILL science team heads to Antarctica with teacher, Shakira Brown in Oct. Let me know if you have any questions! Louise -- ANDRILL Coordinator of Education and Public Outreach 630-460-3688 ANDRILL Science Management Office 126 Bessey Hall University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 68588-0341 402-472-6723

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Education, Communication and Outreach – Linking Research to Public Policy and Environmental Awareness

Dear colleagues and researchers,
Education, Communication and Outreach – Linking Research to Public Policy and Environmental Awareness Session Announcement and Call for Abstracts – Oral and poster presentations Arctic Changes 2008 Quebec City, QC - Canada 9-12 December 2008 Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, September 26 2008. Abstract submission guidelines are available HERE . As you may already know, ArcticNet ( and its national and international partners are welcoming the international Arctic research community to Quebec City for the International Arctic Change 2008 Conference. Coinciding with the pinnacle of the International Polar Year and the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, Arctic Change 2008 welcomes researchers, students, policy makers and stakeholders from all fields of Arctic research and all countries to address the global challenges and opportunities brought by climate change in the circum-Arctic. With 36 topical sessions and over 500 participants expected to attend, Arctic Change 2008 will be the largest trans-sectoral international Arctic research conference ever held in Canada. The conference will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre from 9-12 December 2008. One of the sessions being offered this year is Education, Communication and Outreach – Linking Research to Public Policy and Environmental Awareness Session Description: This session will feature a wide continuum of programs and initiatives that have successfully integrated education, communication and outreach into scientific research. We invite researcher, graduate students, educators, and outreach providers to take this opportunity to share their successes and ideas by submitting an abstract for an oral presentations in one of the following categories: 1) effective research partnerships between scientists and schools, 2) unique field experiences, 3) successful community-based monitoring and mentoring programs, 4) public education and 5) outcomes from IPY – sustaining the momentum! The session will be complemented by a dedicated poster session highlighting outreach projects and initiatives. This poster session will make it possible for anyone who is doing outreach within ArcticNet (on any scale) to showcase their initiatives and the people (ie students, teachers, public etc.) or institutions (school, museums, media etc.) that they are working with. The poster session will be accompanied by a Smithsonian exhibit - The Arctic a Friend Acting Strangely. All posters will be accepted, and presenters, do not have to be present. The aim is to show the breadth of outreach activities that is occurring within the Arctic research community. Schools on Board will present an outreach award to recognize an individual or group that is taking a leading role in scientific outreach. Please forward this call to people within your network that may be interested in this session. For further information, please go to: Or contact: Lucette Barber, Schools on Board Email: Tel: 204-799-7328 --------------------

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

RE: PolarTREC non-US teacher participation

Dear Lucky, My name is Kristin, and I am the other PolarTREC project manager. Applications form non U.S. teachers will be addressed on a case-by- case basis with NSF program officers. Please feel free to apply and make sure to clearly describe how your participation will benefit the students and community you work with and your professional career. Best luck, Kristin Timm