Greenland Education Tour 2011

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Meet the students, teachers, and other participants of this exciting international expedition here.

Where Are They?

During the Greenland-led Field School portion of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), from 1-15 July 2011, the student research teams were primarily stationed in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. They traveled to sampling sites around Kangerlussuaq, including nearby Russell Glacier and Kellyville, home of the Sondrestrom Incoherent Scatter Radar Research Facility.

The climate in Kangerlussuaq is arctic, with temperatures ranging from -25 to 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year and averaging between 5 and 18 degrees during July. July is also the second highest precipitation month at an average of 5 days of precipitation and an average of 22 mm total precipitation in July.

During the US-led Science Education Week portion of JSEP, 16-24 July 2011, the participants traveled to both the NEEM and Summit Station field stations located on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Journals

PolarTREC teachers practicing computer skills
The PolarTREC orientation has been a whirlwind. The orientation can be summed up in one word: energizing. I have met a group of dynamic, motivated teachers. I can’t help but draw a comparison to the Einstein Fellowship cohort: *camaraderie *collaboration *exclamations of solidarity (“It is so great to be around like-minded teachers!”) *student centered teaching and inquiry driven lessons It is an important reminder for me that these programs aren’t just about the actual research project/experience that the teacher will be involved with or the lessons that they create that will impact...
Measuring snow density on the skiway
Today's teacher commentary Submitted by Jakob (Greenland) Home sweet home...tent city at Summit...where scientists sleep. Photo by Jakob Moller Bach, 2011 After a good night in the tent with minus 150C, we were ready for the day program. We started at 0730 with breakfast while the station manager told us about the activity on the station to day. After breakfast we talk to Brian about station life, and after that we went with Nate Miller to see and hear about his atmosphere project, were he looks at clouds and have it affect the temperature on ground (the ice sheet), snow crystal, snow...
Kasper tells us about whales
Today's commentary Submitted by Lauritz (Greenland), Maria (USA), Ellen (Greenland),and Emil (Denmark) Well we started our day with a very interested slideshow by one of the teachers who was talking about whales. It was really amazing because we learned a lot about whales and how they live and migrate towards this area. Kasper tells us about whales. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011) After our teachers interesting speech we headed towards the local weather forecast and learned how all the things role there and how weather forecast is an essential factor for the country (especially for air...
Teams atmosphere and sea tomato collect data at a lake
Today's commentary Submitted by Avaruna (Greenland), Evan (USA), Emil (Danish), and Titte (Greenland) The focus of today was to break into our groups and work in the field on each of our specific topics that we chose earlier. There were six different groups: Atmosphere, Sea Tomatoes, Geology, Musk Ox, Chemistry and Health. We were all shuttled out near the start of the trail to the waterfall which was where all the groups started. It was very rainy out so we all brought our rain gear to stay dry while gathering samples and recording data. Teams atmosphere and sea tomato collect data at a...
As the U.S. participants start their journey today at airports across the country, images of long lines, tickets, large suitcases, and airplanes may come to mind. II weighed and repacked my bags several times this morning to make sure they were under the weight limit. Ever wonder why the airlines are so adamant about weighing your bag when you check in? Afterall, what difference does an extra bag make? Turns out, plenty. If you take a look at the figure (or see http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/Images/forces.jpg ), you'll see the four forces acting on an airplane: thrust, drag,...

Expedition Resources

Project Information

Dates: 1 July 2011 to 24 July 2011
Project Funded Title: Joint Science Education Project (JSEP): Field School and Science Education Week

Meet the Team

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Laura Lukes holds both a B.S. in Geological Sciences and a M.Ed. in Science Education from The Ohio State University, as well as a M.S. in Geological Sciences from Virginia Tech. She teaches high school and community college in Scottsdale & Mesa, Arizona (2010 NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher). She has created virtual geology field trips and a rock and mineral museum at Saguaro High School in Arizona. She is actively involved in developing Earth science curriculum and training teachers, scientists, and informal educators. She is especially interested in developing programs that provide research experience opportunities for teachers and students to support the future national STEM workforce. Currently, she is the 2010-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation - Office of Polar Programs, where she has taken the US lead on the Joint Science Education Project.