Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: STEM at the Poles! Research Experiences for Formal and Informal Educations in the Polar Regions (Award# 1918637)

PI: Warburton, Janet (
Phone: (907) 474.1600 
Institute/Department: Arctic Research Consortium of the United States,  
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARE\TREC
Program Manager: Ms. Elizabeth Rom ( )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

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Science Summary:
The Arctic Research Consortium (ARCUS) of the U.S. will administer and implement "STEM at the Poles", a program that provides opportunities for U.S. educators to participate in cutting-edge field research with polar scientists in various, and often remote, locations in the Arctic and Antarctica. During this three-year project, thirty-six participants from the field of education, including eighteen U.S. middle and high school teachers and eighteen U.S. informal science educators (e.g. educators who work outside classrooms and who work with the public or middle and high school students and/or their teachers), will participate in a research experience with scientists in the Arctic and Antarctic. Through this unique experience, ARCUS will provide a professional development opportunity for both formal and informal educators where they will: (1) connect to the polar regions and the research community; (2) develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resources that help advance the basic knowledge of polar regions across a variety of learning environments; and (3) change how they teach STEM in both informal and formal learning environments. The program will provide numerous opportunities for students and the public to learn about how polar research is conducted both in the Arctic and Antarctic and will help polar researchers learn to communicate more effectively with students and the public. Specifically, the goals of the program are as follows: (1) Improve educators' STEM content knowledge of the Polar Regions and the science conducted in these regions; (2) Increase educators' knowledge and use of STEM practices with their students in their learning setting; (3) Build educators' STEM identity; (4) Increase the STEM collaborations between formal and informal educators; (5) Increase students' understanding and engagement in the polar regions and interest in polar-related STEM careers; and (6) Develop long-term professional relationships between the education and research communities.

Logistics Summary:
This project will continue to provide support for 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. 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. With this grant, which continues support previously provided by NSF grant 1754290, the PolarTREC program will continue offering teachers field research experiences at ship-based and terrestrial polar sites around the Arctic and in Antarctica for the next three years beginning in 2019. (Note: this database focuses on research fielded in the Arctic.). In 2019, eight teachers will join the field campaigns of seven Arctic researchers for about 2-5 weeks. Field work details for PolarTREC can be found under each participant's record as well as those of the PIs with whom they are paired.

CPS will provide Arctic teacher's commercial travel to and from field sites including transportation and per diem, user days, field clothing, camping gear from NSF stocks. All other components of the PolarTREC program will be paid by ARCUS through the PolarTREC grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2019Alaska - Fairbanks0

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