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Greenland Education Tour 2011

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

Meet the Team

Einstein Fellow - Laura Lukes

Laura Lukes's picture

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.


July 25, 2011 Day 28 : Last teachers and students return home

Agenda Highlights 1) 6am flight! 2) Next steps...

July 24, 2011 Day 27: Hike to Russell Glacier with the NY Air National Guard (109th)

JSEP Photo by Laura Lukes, 2011 Baby musk ox on the way to Russell Glacier.

July 23, 2011 Day 26: Saying goodbye and packing

Taking bags to the Kangerlussuaq airport
Taking bags to the Kangerlussuaq airport. Photo by Laura Lukes, 2011. Rebecca reluctantly says goodbye.

July 22, 2011 Day 25: LC-130 operations and scatter radar

Ole and Sylvia experience a pilot's view
Today's student commentary Submitted by Ole (Greenland) Today we started with a plane tour in airport and. In this plane tour we were told how the Hercules airplanes are and how solitary parts (engine, cockpit, emergency etc.) are. We could ask about everything we will know and could sit on the...

July 21, 2011 Day 24: NEEM!

JSEP folks at NEEM
Today's student commentary Submitted by Avaruna Mathaessun (Greenland)

Project Information

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

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 will be primarily stationed in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. They will travel 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 will be traveling to both the NEEM and Summit field stations located on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

What are they Doing?

Information about what the team will be working on will be coming soon.


Title Date About Type
Taking the Classroom to the Field 30 September 2011 Article describing teacher Laura Lukes' hands-on teaching experiences and her 2011 expedition with... Article
Young Explorers Grant A link to the Young Explores Grant and Program. Today, Young Explorers grants help cover field... Web Link

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