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.

Polar Literacy Initiative

An effort to define the big ideas the general public should know about the Polar Regions.
This image depicts the 6 modules in the Polar Explorer Adventure online course.

The Polar Explorer Online Adventure

A collection of 6 online modules, featuring Polar scientists and their research.

Polar Data Stories

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

Join us for the 4-H STEM Challenge – professional development on August 10th

We're proud to launch the 2022 STEM Challenge in partnership with National 4-H. Explorers of the Deep includes three activities that can help young people develop observational and critical thinking skills while exploring…
Icebergs in Antarctica

NSF – Live chat with Dr. Kim Bernard in Antarctica

On August 11 at 7pm EST, join ecologist Kim Bernard and her team live from Palmer Station, Antarctica for an event in honor of the first ever World Krill Day. In this live Zoom event, learn how NSF researchers study krill, small crustaceans…

Join me at the STEMNet Colloquium Series on April 6, 2022- Data to the Rescue: Penguins Need Our Help!

  The Center for Math, Science & Computer Education invites you to their inaugural colloquium series where Janice McDonnell, will share findings from her research in an out of school time project that leverages the availability of…

Youth Dialogue on National Climate Assessment

University and high school students are invited to a special event on February 15th from 7-9pm EST to discuss the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5), a major U.S. Government report on how climate change affects…

Save the Date- Join the Arctic Educators Fair

Arctic Educators Fair February 16, 2022: 4:00pm Alaska / 6:00pm Mountain / 8:00pm Eastern (90 min. event)   Calling all Alaskan and Arctic-inspired teachers!!! Register today to reserve your spot at the first annual Arctic…
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LIVE Webinar: Chat with Antarctic Researchers, 12/16/21 7pm EST

Join Rutgers oceanographer Oscar Schofield as he chats with researchers aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer as they study the marine ecosystems of the West Antarctic Peninsula. Learn how the West Antarctic Peninsula has changed over the past…

LIVE Webinar – Science Research on the Ice

  Especially for Middle School and High School Students! Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7-8pm ET   Don't miss the chance to meet three amazing scientists who conduct research at Palmer Station, Antarctica. You'll have a chance to hear…
Icebergs in Antarctica

On Board with MOSAiC: How an Arctic Research Expedition Can Engage Students in Earth’s Systems Thinking

Brought to you by NMLSTA and the NSTA Middle Level Teaching Committee Join us for our next Webinar featuring MOSAiC Curriculum Developer Jon Griffith February 18, 2021: On Board with MOSAiC: How an Arctic Research Expedition…
Icebergs in Antarctica

Digital Earth Academy: Ice – Sign up for this LIVE Virtual Program

Late-breaking news:  We just learned about this FREE virtual field trip (via ZOOM) being offered by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  The program is open to classes that meet virtually or in-person. Digital Earth Academy:…