wildlife, extreme environments, expansive fields of
snow and ice, daring explorers and human resourcefulness
all captivate the imagination. Even though people of
all ages and cultural groups are fascinated by the
poles, it is the younger students whose interest should
be effectively captured because they have not yet formed
opinions or misconceptions about science. The instructive
material supporting this program is predominantly geared
to students in grades 3-5, its intent being to engage
young minds, stimulate their curiosity, and fire their
enthusiasm for learning how the Earth's polar regions
impact global climate systems which profoundly affect
the lives of the planet's inhabitants.
fundamental edict is that human beings are not distinct from nature but are a part of it.
brings this message into the classroom through stories
of personal expeditions and experiences as well as
those of fellow adventurers and explorers of today.
As an integral part of the program's “"HANDS
ON = MINDS ON"”
approach, each presentation includes lesson-appropriate
accompanying cultural and animal artifacts which the
students are invited to touch and feel.
integrating polar geoscience content into the basic
classroom curriculum and range of learning environments,
and by striving to be both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary
in content, it is possible to encourage and foster
not only science literacy, but also improve reading,
math, and social skills, as well as cognitive values.
invites you to become part of this new endeavor and