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Science Investigations (Sci-I) Project

What is the best way to increase students interest in science?

Support them in doing the authentic process of science!


Some of the Polar-ICE Sci-I Project 2016 participating teachers (left to right): Tom Grych, Jennifer Smolyn, Dolores Taylor, Carolyn Laymon, Kimberly Kellam, Kelly Terry, Denise Hardoy, Sue Morrow, Stacia Lothian; and Dr. Bridgette Clarkston (co-facilitator, California State University, Monterey Bay) touring the RU COOL lab.

The Polar ICE Science Investigations (Sci-I) Project is designed to increase educator and student skills in designing and conducting science investigations as well as analyzing and interpreting data in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) requirements through the lens of polar science.  The Sci-I Project focused on  grades 6-9. Preference was  given to educators that work in school districts that serve predominately underserved and underrepresented communities.

The Sci-I Project is a year-long project that consists of:

  • A  4-day Summer Educator Workshop (attended with a partner science teacher from your school)
  • Student teams designing and conducting student-lead investigations using real polar data
  • A  Student Polar Research Symposium with the top student teams preseningt their findings to polar scientists.

4-day Summer Educator Workshop

Participating educators explore polar science, real data, and the process of developing a science investigation.  Educators interacted with polar scientists and engaged in open-ended science investigations to explore how to effectively lead students in designing, developing, and conducting polar science investigations.

Cohort 2016-17: (includes NJ and Monterey Bay, CA areas) June 27-30, 2016 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 

Sci-I Project Cohort 2016-17 Announcement Flyer 

Sci-I Project 2016 Educator Workshop – participants, resources, and media coverage

Cohort 2017-18: (includes greater St. Louis, MO & Columbus, OH areas) June 25-30, 2017 at Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 

Sci-I Project Cohort 2017-18 Announcement Flyer

Sci-I Project 2017 Educator Workshop – participants, resources, and media coverage

Student-lead Science Investigations

Students conduct their own open-ended, student-developed investigations using authentic polar data. Students are empowered to develop questions and an inquiry-based scientific investigation that builds upon their knowledge of the process of science. Students develop scientific posters to communicate their results.

Sci-I Project Resources include;

  • Taking a Topic Area Question and making it into a Testable Question
  • Tips for writing Mini-Proposals
  • Available research data to utilize in the investigations
  • General information about open-ended science investigations

Student Polar Research Symposium

Students present their results and findings to polar scientists and to one another at the Student Polar Research Symposium as a culminating event. The Symposium excites and engages students about the poles and science by enabling students to act as science communicators and peer educators.

Cohort 2016-17: (New Jersey & Monterey Bay, CA areas)

June 8, 2017: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

February 24, 2017: California State University – Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA

Cohort 2017-18: (greater St. Louis, MO & Columbus, OH areas)

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO