Imagine if educators could virtually connect to Earth’s Polar Regions giving their students first hand experiences with scientists and scientific data.
What if students could utilize the ever-expanding polar data streams and scientific observations happening at higher latitudes?
What if scientists could connect with broader audiences more effectively to communicate their polar research and findings?
Polar-ICE is providing opportunities to expand teaching and learning innovations in middle and high school classrooms as well as enhance science communication.
Our mission is to connect Polar scientists with broader audiences to further the impact of their research, while connecting educators and students with data and cutting edge science.
Our objective is to engage students in understanding how polar regions influence our lives while improving their understanding of how scientists work and understand a changing climate system.
Polar-ICE pairs educators and scientists in partnerships that are win-win.
- Scientists are afforded a productive way of contributing to public education and share their research and understanding of the changes in climate, food webs, and human culture in the polar regions.
- Educators have the opportunity to share their knowledge of science communication and effective practices in reaching young audiences, while also learning more about polar research and the process of science to bring to their students.
Together educators and scientists will create excitement and contribute to the necessary skills required to meet 21st century workforce needs.
Polar-ICE has three primary goals:
- Help polar scientists communicate with diverse audiences. Polar-ICE is providing approximately 60 polar scientists with hands on opportunities to do science education and outreach, as well as enhance their skills in: cultural competency; deconstructing and decoding science for non-expert audiences; and the art of telling science stories. Scientists have avenues to network with members of the education and outreach community.
- Create opportunities for educators and students to virtually get involved in polar research. Polar-ICE offers a variety of professional development programs for middle and high school educators interested in connecting their students with polar research and scientists. Educators can develop data activities through the EARTH workshop, assist scientists with their communication skills in the Compendium Educator Workshops, learn more about polar regions at workshops, or participate in the process of science through the Sci-I Project and Student Polar Research Symposium.
- Share our broader understanding of science education practices. Polar-ICE is exploring the evidence of student engagement in data-focused classroom activities, and their ability to access a personal identity as a scientist.