Understanding the Arctic as a System

Affiliated Projects

Alaska Lake Ice and Snow Observatory Network (ALISON)

During the course of the project, the ALISON project:

  • Was recognized as an Arctic data collection network and a model for citizen science.
  • Provided research opportunities for UAF undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Provided many K-12 students and their teachers with an authentic learning experience – learning science by being scientists.

The ALISON project also boosted teachers’ confidence in teaching/discussing environmental issues with their students. ALISON teachers have changed the way they teach – they created new curricula for their classes based on ALISON science concepts and measurements, and changed their expectations of student performance. Teachers incorporated their ALISON experience into their pursuit of graduate teaching degrees and wrote successful grants in support of their ALISON activities.

Arctic Climate Modeling

The research-based Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) is funded by NSF. Curriculum based resources were designed with input from 21 scientists from the UAF Geophysical Institute. Resources on the project website include K-12 inquiry-based classroom lessons, a student network for observing arctic weather, digital lectures, and an interactive multimedia learning system (on DVD).

Aurora Alive

Aurora Alive was created by the UAF Geophysical Institute with support from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Aurora Alive science education program teaches the science behind the Northern Lights, with hands-on classroom lessons and an exciting multimedia DVD that features hundreds of interactive activities, photos and movies of the aurora. The program is perfect for both classroom and home-school use. Learn more about Aurora Alive


PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together. Learn more about PolarTREC

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