Upcoming Course - Spring 2013 Physical Science in the Polar Regions
Dates: 15 - 30 April 2013
Topic: Physical Science in the Polar Regions
Registration for the Spring 2013 course is now OPEN.
The official course title is Applied Physical Science Concepts for Educators in the Context of the Polar Regions II.
This class will address physical science concepts for educators with Antarctic research as the applicable content. Participants will utilize journals, live events, and other resources through PolarTREC teacher Brian DuBay's recent expedition to the Transantarctic Mountains, McMurdo Station (US) and Mario Zuchelli Station (Italy), Antarctica.
Dr. Samantha Hansen of the University of Alabama is contributing her research on the tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountains while teacher Brian DuBay will be sharing his experience on the PolarTREC expedition and his use of multimedia (videos) to bring the experience to the classroom. You can check out their expedition here. Two webinars are offered in association with this course and are open to all educators.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 at 11am AKDT [12pm PDT, 1pm MDT, 2pm CDT, 3pm EDT]
PolarTREC researcher Dr. Samantha Hansen of the University of Alabama will present on her research studying the TransAntarctic Mountains with course participants and other educators. Her research is driven by the underlying goal to advance our understanding of fundamental geodynamic processes, such as volcanism, mountain building, continental rifting, and craton formation.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 2pm AKDT [3pm PDT, 4pm MDT, 5pm CDT, 6pm EDT]
PolarTREC teacher Brian DuBay will be sharing his insights into bringing his PolarTREC expedition with Dr. Hansen into the classroom. His journals focused on multimedia with various videos. He will share his thoughts on multimedia learning and offer tips for using and creating videos for students.
Register for these webinars at the PolarConnect Webinar Registration Page
Archives will be available. Course participants must view the archives of both presentations if they cannot attend live via the online platform.
About the C-ISE Learning Community
These courses are made up of three 1-credit modules offered in the spring, summer, and fall starting in March 2011. Annually, the modules will cover a specific polar science subject related to physical, earth, or life sciences. The course design allows K-12 educators, especially those who teach multiple subjects with fresh content related specifically to the subjects they are teaching. Each session is limited to 15 participants, and some scholarships will be available each semester.
Course content is administered by and developed in consultation with teachers well versed in transferring polar research to the classroom and polar scientists, especially early career polar scientists. Polar scientists interested in making contributions to the course should e-mail info [at] polartrec [dot] com with your name, institution, location, and a brief description of area(s) of science expertise.
Spring: 15 - 30 April 2013
Applied Physical Science Concepts for Educators in a the Context of the Polar Regions II
DO NOT send registration forms to University of Alaska - Fairbanks. This form must be returned by fax or email to ARCUS. Contact information is available on the registration form.
A limited number of scholarships are available for participants on a needs-based basis.
Scholarship applications must be completed at the time of registration. Applications must be submitted by E-Mail (info [at] polartrec [dot] com) or by fax (907-474-1604). All fields are required.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How often is the class offered?
It is offered three times a year, in the spring, fall, and summer.
How long is the course?
Completion of the course takes 3 weeks, and includes 2 - 3 internet/phone presentations in addition to asynchronous course work.
How many people can participate in the course?
In order to maximize interaction between instructors and participants, each module will be limited to the first 15 participants.
How many credits will I receive and how much does it cost? Each course module is 1 credit. If you take all three modules, you could earn up to three credits within the year. The course is offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the 500-level, and will cost approximately $90.00.
What happens to the lesson plan, lab plan, video, or PowerPoint I develop as a capstone project?
Final student projects will be reviewed by science content experts for accuracy, and then placed in the online PolarTREC Learning Resources database.
Is there a book or any required course materials? No, the course will utilize primarily online resources and real-time presentations for content. Course participants will be expected to have access to a computer and internet to complete course-related materials.