Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: PolarTREC - Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (Award# 1630463SK)

PI: Kirsche, Stephen Michael (
Institute/Department: Liberty Pines Academy,  
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARE\TREC
Program Manager: Ms. Elizabeth Rom ( )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach\Formal Science Education: K-12 |

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Science Summary:
The Artic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) will administer and implement, "Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (PolarTREC)", an international program that brings together U.S. teachers to participate in cutting-edge field research with polar scientists in various, and often remote, locations in the Arctic and Antarctica. Through hands-on field experiences in the Arctic and Antarctica, participating teachers (pre-service and in-service) will improve teaching strategies, develop resources for their careers, and change how they teach STEM in the classroom. The program goal is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing educators and polar researchers together in professional collaboration. By integrating research and education, PolarTREC will help sustain and grow the considerable scientific and public enthusiasm for polar research and education. ARCUS will support a total of twelve teachers for Arctic field seasons in 2017 and Antarctic field seasons in 2017/2018. ARCUS will recruit, select, and match teachers and researchers, maintain a website for dissemination of information about the expeditions, provide orientation training for the teachers that includes field safety and communication training, provide travel support for the teachers to meet with scientists prior to deployments and for them to join the scientific expeditions in the field, and evaluate results of the program. Dissemination efforts via the website and public presentations are expected to reach many additional teachers, students, scientists and the public.

Logistics Summary:
PolarTREC teacher, Steve Kirsche, will join Dr. Ian Baker's project (NSF grant 1603239) at Summit Station, Greenland to increase our understanding of firn and ice microstructure evolution in polar ice sheets. This will aid in understanding ice flow and interpreting paleoclimate reconstruction from ice cores. Steve will participate with the team drilling an 80-meter firn core at Summit, Greenland and transport it to Dartmouth University. After the field expedition, Steve will work with the team at the university, where researchers will perform experiments to observe changes based on temperature and stress (due to depth and load). In addition to observing the microstructure as a whole, researchers can follow the evolution of ice crystals to observe bond formation and bond-breaking under load in detail, as undertaken in some prior studies on snow. For more information refer to grant 1603239 in this database.

SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2017Greenland - Kangerlussuaq0
2017Greenland - Summit0

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