Would you like to listen, talk, and write to scientists, students or even a schoolteacher living in (unheated!) tents in Antarctica about science, climate change, or Antarctica?
The Offshore New Harbor expedition has developed an exciting educational program, filled with fun activities, hands on curriculum, and engaging lessons for students, teachers and the general public for the upcoming expedition this October through early December.
This is being done in collaborations with ten educational organizations that will include live video conferencing to schools from around the world. Read on to see how you can be part of this exciting adventure!
Ms Shakira Brown a middle school teacher from a public charter school called the Promise Academy will be accompanying the expedition to Antarctica this fall. The Promise Academy is part of the Harlem Children’s Zone, which is a unique, community-based not-for-profit that offers education, social services and community-building programs to children and families in Central Harlem. Its geographically based Harlem Children’s Zone Project works with over 8,000 children in 97 blocks of Central Harlem, providing services from birth through college, as well working to strengthen families and the surrounding community.
The Global Nomads Group is teaming up with the ONH Expedition and the ANDRILL Arise Program to broadcast live video conferencing from Antarctica to students and schools around the world. To be part of this is easy as long as you or your school has internet connections. Click to find out how to sign up and be part of this.
The GLOBE Program is teaming up with the ONH Expedition as we collect real time weather data from our field camp and have it posted for teachers, students and general public to have use. Visit the GLOBE website.
We will also be using thermochrons while in Antarctica, which are small sensors that can measure temperature. We will be deploying them on the sea ice in areas up to ten miles from our field camp. We invite schools to “adopt” a thermochron for analyzing the data. Visit the ANDRILL Project Circle website in mid September to find out how to sign up.
U.S. Satellite invites you, or you and your students, to interact LIVE with researchers and a very special educator "on the ice" in Antarctica. Communicate and answer questions with The Offshore New Harbor Project. Then, ask your own questions. To participate, you will need to be connected through an Internet browser and on the telephone at the same time. Visit the U.S. Satellite website to learn more.
The Ice Stories, which is part of the Exploratorium Science Museum is teaming up with the Offshore New Harbor Expedition to bring video blogs from Antarctica this fall. Two students from Queens College of the City University of New York, will film, edit and post their experiences as they take part in this expedition that will collecting cutting edge science. You can see their video blogs at the Ice Stories website.
Peter Wasileski, a NASA scientist and director of the History of Winter (HOW), is teaming up with the Offshore New Harbor Expedition to let students design experiments. This will include creating ideas for placing coin-sized temperature sensing and recording devices, called thermochrons, for collecting data that can be used for observation and analysis of changes in temperature related to real-time events. We will be placing some of the thermochrons in places around our camp for students to download their data for performing experiments. Click to see where we will be putting them and be part of the science!
We are also asking students and teachers to propose their own science experiment using thermochrons. To be part of this, click to see how you can really be the master of science experiments in Antarctica.
Reach the World is partnering with the Offshore New Harbor Expedition to bring throughout the expedition, reporting for the RTW website on a weekly basis from members of the ONH team. The content will be geared toward an elementary and middle school audience. Anyone can participate in the RTW-ONH journey! Just go to www.reachtheworld.org and select "Antarctica Journey" from the menu on the home page, starting in October 2008. Learn more….
Additional blogs will be on the Offshore New Harbor website. Check out their blogs here.
Get ideas and resources & Do hands-on activities in the classroom that parallel science in the field.
Use the excitement and intrigue of living and working on the harshest continent in the world to engage your students in a wide range of educational activities. Follow the ONH expedition and explore ways to connect your curriculum to the authentic science happening in real time. Resources, materials and activities are available for download. Share your ideas and successes with a network of international educators.
Week 1--Oct. 6-10--Add yourself to the map; Curious? Ask a Question; Introductions of schools; Begin Unit 1 activities
Wednesday, Oct. 15--webcasts
Thursday, Oct. 16--video teleconference (VTC)
Week 2--Oct. 13-17--Antarctica Today--Unit 1
Wednesday, Oct. 22--webcasts
Thursday, Oct. 23--VTC
Week 3--Oct. 20-24--Climate Change--Unit 5--and supplementary materials
Wednesday, Oct. 22--webcasts
Thursday, Oct. 23--VTC
Week 4--Oct. 27-31--Ice on the Move--Unit 2
Wednesday, Oct. 29--webcasts
Thursday, Oct. 30 --VTC
Week 5--Nov. 3-7--Understanding Seismics--supplementary materials
Wednesday, Nov. 5--webcasts
Thursday, Nov. 6--VTC
Week 6--Nov. 10-14--Reading Antarctica’s Rock Cores--Unit 3
Wednesday, Nov. 12--webcasts
Thursday, Nov. 13--VTC
Week 7--Nov. 17-21--Decoding Antarctica’s Climate Secrets--Unit 5; Celebrating the ANDRILL Project Circle classroom successes; What does the future hold?
Wednesday, Nov. 19--webcasts
Thursday, Nov. 20--VTC
For more information about these activities & curriculum and supplementary activities, visit the ANDRILL Project Circle website.