Polar Literacy

The Polar Literacy Project

Formerly Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education (Polar-ICE)


A program designed to connect scientists, educators, and students using data and research from the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

For many people, the Polar Regions remain distant locations, unconnected to their lives, and far from their daily concern.

This website aims to promote greater polar science literacy by providing an educational framework of concepts and resources to help:

  • Researchers improve the societal impact of their research and
  • Educators to promote teaching and learning about the Polar Regions.

Ask a Polar Scientist

Curious about Arctic or Antarctic research? Ask our scientists your questions.

Polar Data Stories

Get your feet wet with polar data, via stories and some cool visualizations.

Polar Literacy Initiative

An effort to define the big ideas the general public should know about the Polar Regions.
Wave-carved Iceberg, Western Antarctic Peninsula

#Science Literacy Week and Polar ICE

Check out our new guest blog post on the Arctic Relations website. This post is in support of #Science Literacy Week.  
Adelie penguin colony, Antarctica

MOSAiC Webinar Series

Teachers, bring the unprecedented science and adventure of the ongoing MOSAiC expedition, one of the most extensive Arctic research expeditions ever conducted, into your virtual classrooms with new resources (e.g., virtual tours, tracking apps,…
A map of Adelie and Gentoo penguin tracks off the coast of Palmer Station, Antarctica

SWARM Data Activity #5

What can penguins teach us about the ocean? You can also download this activity as a Word Doc: Data Swarm Activity #5. In our previous dispatches, we shared the data and technologies allowing us to understand how the ocean conditions are…
Echosounder data from offshore Palmer Station showing about 1 month of data

SWARM Data Activity #4

Seeing with Sound in the Palmer Deep You can also download this activity as a Word Doc: Data Swarm Activity #4. In the last dispatch, underwater glider data revealed the temperature, salinity and chlorophyll levels below the surface of…
Scientists deploy a Slocum Glider off the coast of Antarctica.

SWARM Data Activity #3

Diving into the Palmer Deep You can also download this activity as a Word Doc: Data Swarm Activity #3. In the last dispatch, CODAR data revealed ocean surface currents within the foraging area of the penguins of Palmer studied in the…

I.D. Antarctica – Home at Last

Land ho! Pictured above is the first bit of South America we saw from the ship. After a remarkably smooth crossing of the Drake Passage, we made it back to Punta Arenas, Chile. It’s not always so smooth, though! This Quicktime video…
A surface current map from offshore Palmer Station collected by Codar HF-Radars.

SWARM Data Activity #2

Where will the current take us? You can also download this activity as a Word Doc: Data Swarm Activity #2. In out last dispatch, we shared an overview of our SWARM research project. This week we are going to focus on an important measurement…
Adelie penguin colony, Antarctica

I.D. Antarctica #5 – Answer

Hello! I hope you all had a fun time trying to identify these sea birds.  I'm sure you realized these are penguins - were you able to identify the species?       This is an adult Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)…
Adelie penguin colony, Antarctica

APPLES – Arctic Plants Phenology Project

Attention Polar Educators - Please consider applying for the Arctic Plants Phenology (APPLES) project. See attached flyer.  Deadline is February 24, 2020. 2020 APPLES Workshop Flyer