Following are links to Polar and other interesting educational
sites. The sites appear to offer useful curriculum or curriculum support
materials. Please search the web for additional materials!
Antarctic Connection A source for weather and information as well as a
secure online retailer of Antarctic related products.
Antarctic Science and
Policy: Interdisciplinary Research Education (ASPIRE) Currently in
development, ASPIRE is an interdisciplinary course targeting, but not
restricted to, the 12-16 grade levels. Students investigate Antarctic
policy and science, ultimately coming together as representatives of treaty
nations to resolve a wide scope of issues.
Arctica A science
mystery presented by Access Excellence. Follow clues to hypothesize what
happened to a group of British explorers frozen into the Arctic in 1834.
Arctic Circle Offered
through the University of Connecticut. The overall goal of Arctic Circle
is to stimulate among viewers a greater interest in the peoples and environment
of the Arctic and Subarctic region. The Arctic Circle has three interrelated
themes: natural resources; history and culture; social equity and environmental
justice. In addressing these issues, the presentations utilize a range of
textual and photographic materials, and in the near future, sound and short
Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) Formed in 1988, ARCUS helps to
identify and bring together the distributed human and facilities resources of the Arctic
research community--to create a synergy for the Arctic in which each resource, when
combined with others, can result in a strength that enables the community to rise to the many
challenges facing the Arctic and the United States. This
site offers links to educational programs investigating Arctic
cultures and sciences.
Arctic Studies Center Explore the Arctic Circle. Learn about
the fascinating cultures and animals of the North Pacific Rim.
Interactive investigation of current social science in the Arctic.
Arctic Wildlife A site for information on Arctic wildlife
and ecology, Arctic tourism, and other related information. Links to sites, arctic wildlife photos, products.
Rutgers Marine and Coastal Sciences have built a special website for students and teachers that visitors to join the scientists in the COOLroom as they explore the waters off New Jersey.
Journey with Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft as they cross Antarctica on sled
from Queen Maud Land to Ross Sea. THe expedition starts 1 November and
should be completed by mid-February.
Blue Ice: Focus on Antarctica provides science and social studies background
and activities for in-depth classroom study. The live nature gives students
experience using the Internet as a primary research tool. The interaction
among students, guests and fellow students encourages writing and communication
skills. Direct contact with scientists, explorers, writers, photographers
and others gives students the opportunity to personalize their "trip"
Blue Skies "The Weather
Underground" of the University of Michigan. Targeted specifically at
K-12. Access weather imagery, current conditions and forecasts, and curriculum
Classroom Antarctica is the Antarctic Division's On-line educational resource.
Links to Polar Research, Science Sites specifically focused on
Dr. Universe From Washington
State University, Dr. Universe will answer any question on any topic. A new
question and its answer are posted daily.
University's Nicholas School of the Environment The included list of
sites will give a brief overview of the Antarctic region.
Viewer View the Earth at any longitude and latitude with pictures
provided by satellites.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Antarctica Compiled by Robert Holmes of the Space Science and
Engineering Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Course materials and images compiled by Dr. Thomas Lowell of the University
of Cincinatti. Also includes course materials for environmental geology.
Graduate School of
the Environment at Macquarie University
The goal of this web site is to provide material covering laws,
regulations, ecological communities, and the future of Antarctica.
Integrated Earth Information Server
of the National Science Foundation. Geosciences. Integrated Earth Information
Server (IEIS) built on the infrastructure provided by the nation-wide Unidata
Internet Data Distribution (IDD) network, in which parcticipating universities
are establishing information servers containing a range of earth-related
data. Information available includes: current electronic weather maps and
bulletins; oceanographic, seismic, and other environmental information;
instructional materials to complement the data.
Centre for Antarctic Information and Research's educational resource
package Antarctica: A Resource For Teachers and Students.
the Arctic Climate Into the Arctic is designed to offer instructional materials and activities for teachers to use in the
many contexts of their daily teaching routine. Information and activities are divided into four sections: Climate, Climate Change, El Niņo and
the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2.
Leighton Taylor &
Associates Join biologist and writer, Dr. Leighton Taylor, and renowned
nature photographer, Norbert Wu, as they dive with research teams beneath
the ice of Antarctica's Ross Sea, observing and recording the underwater
world of McMurdo Sound. Their experiences will be documented in book about
the marine life of Antarctica. Visit their site to read about their diving adventures and see previews of their photos!
Antarctica 2. Visit with the exciting researchers of Antarctica and
learn about the science and extreme living conditions that make their jobs
a true adventure. Explore the realm of baby penguins and ice sheets. Learn
the latest about ozone, and global climate change! This project will be
active from January to April 1997.
National Science &
Technology Week Online The theme of NSTW of April 26 - May 2, 1998
highlights the fact that both the North and South Poles are "natural
laboratories." They are unique in the opportunities they offer scientists and engineers to conduct research in pristine, natural environments.
Snow and Ice Data Centerreceives many questions about snow, ice, and climate from teachers and students at all levels -- primary school through university undergraduates. Though their data products are targeted for the science research community, they have created and compiled some education resources for teachers and students.
Interactive learning tool designed to integrate technology into the K-12
classroom. Includes Blue Ice, an interactive field season in Antarctica,
and OceanEXPO which explores geography and cultures, science, and sailing
through a Round-the-World Sailing Rally.
Projects Includes Live from Antarctica 2, Live from Mars, and Women
of NASA. NASA K-12 Internet Initiative "Sharing NASA" allows students
to share in the excitement of authentic scientific and engineering pursuits
like high-altitude astronomy, spacecraft explorations of distant planets,
and space-based life sciences research. All "Sharing NASA" projects
include a full suite of online resources. In addition, by collaborating
with Passport to Knowledge, some special projects offer a full multimedia
experience, making use of television broadcasts/videotapes, printed workbooks,
and online interaction over the Internet. Projects usually last from two
to four months and are open to any teacher or student.
The Polar Regions
Jumpstation to the far North and South!
Secrets of the Ice, An Antarctic
Expedition. Brought to you by the Boston Museum of Science, this
educational expedition is the counterpart of the International
Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition. Sections include history of
exploration, scientific background, and connections to the researchers via
The South Pole
Adventure Web Page Science writer Janice VanCleave and Randy Landsberg
of CARA (the Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica) have gone to
the ends of the earth to get kids excited about science. They invite you to
join their expedition to the South Pole and try some experiments along the way!
Resources Informative science web sites intended for students in kindergarten
through eigth grade.
Polar Research Institute SPRI is the oldest research centre in the
world covering both the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Students on Ice
This program offers exciting educational expeditions for high school students and adults to the Antarctic and the Arctic.
Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA) Join
teachers as they venture to points north and south and
parcticipate in Arctic and Antarctic research expeditions.
Follow their adventures through daily electronic journals,
correspond with them while they are in the field, chat with them
through CU-SeeMe sessions. Keep up-to-date on the science and
life at the poles. Upcoming Arctic field season begins in
June 1998; Antarctic field season begins in October.
TerraQuest Virtual Expeditions on the
World Wide Web Includes Virtual Antarctica, climbing in Yosemite National
Park, and Virtual Galápagos.
U.S.G.S. Online Data
U.S. Geological Survey products, including maps, aerial photographs, digital
data, satellite photos and reports can be ordered.
Web66 The project is designed
to facilitate the introduction of web technology into K12 schools for students
and teachers. Links available to national and international schools on the
web. Resource links. From the University of Minnesota.
Web Sites for ScienceThis collection of sites is aligned with the Science and Technology Learning
Results Content Standards. A variety of resources are available on the Web such
as collaborative projects, real time data, interactive exhibits, simulations, content
information, etc. to support student learning.
Why Files A project of the
National Institute for Science Education, The Why Files are an electronic
exploration of the science behind the news. New features on the science
(and math, engineering, and technology) of everyday life are presented twice
a month. The boundaries are broad -- from outer space to cellular biology,
from dinosaurs and dragon lizards to the statistics of political polling.