Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: STEM at the Poles: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (Award# 1754290JC)

PI: Chierici, Joanna (
Phone: (609) 443.7767 ext. 8017 
Institute/Department: Melvin H. Kreps Middle School,  
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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 Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) will administer and implement, "Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (PolarTREC)", a program that selects U.S. teachers and informal educators and prepares them 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, participating teachers (pre-service and in-service) and informal educators will improve teaching strategies, develop resources for their careers, and change how they teach STEM in the classroom and to the public. The project's 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. Twelve teachers or informal educators will be recruited, selected, and matched with polar researchers. ARCUS will 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. Participants in the TREC will not only increase their knowledge of polar science and effective teaching practices, but also will develop long-term collaborative professional relationships with polar researchers and become part of an ever-growing educator network.

Logistics Summary:
PolarTREC teacher, Joanna Chierici, will join Dr. Mary Beth Decker's project (Lead PI is Bi, NSF grant 1602488) in the Eastern Bering Sea to study jellyfish populations. The ultimate goal is to estimate the reproductive capacity and success of this jellyfish in relation to climate variability and to investigate the potential for jellyfish population increases to become a recurring pattern in the Bering Sea under future climate scenarios. In the Bering Sea ecosystem, key questions are whether increases in jellyfish abundance are a recurring phenomenon under climate change and fishing pressure and how these population increases affect ecosystem structure. For more information refer to grant 1602488 in this database

SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2018Arctic Ocean and Seas - Bering Sea0

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