Understanding the Arctic as a System

Past Projects

Arctic Expedition for K–12 Teachers

Teachers for grades K-12 learned about and engaged in high-latitude Arctic climate change research and to gain a better understanding of how scientific research is done in practice. The expedition was also offered as a graduate-level course, Climate Change in the Arctic Ocean, with instruction and guidance from an international team of experienced polar researchers specializing in oceanography, meteorology, biology, chemistry, and Arctic paleoclimate. Download the cruise booklet (PDF)

Ice e-Mysteries

A collaborative writing project between 12 Australian school classes and 12 Alaskan school classes based around polar science. The project website includes stories developed by students from Tasmania, Queensland, and Alaska, who delved into a mystery genre narrative of their own making. See how the students developed the stories, with their comments on each other’s ideas, their draft stories and illustrations and the final edited and designed e-books.

GLOBE Seasons and Biomes

The GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Project is one of four Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) funded by NASA and NSF to develop hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science activities for The GLOBE Program. Through the GLOBE Seasons and Biomes project, students and teachers had the opportunity to use GLOBE resources and support to conduct scientific inquiries in their local environments and biomes.

Teaching Alaskans, Sharing Knowledge

A mutually beneficial educational partnership that improves the educational experience for K-12 students, K-12 teachers, and UAF Graduate & Undergraduate Fellows. The project was supported through the NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program, which supports fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through interactions with teachers and students in K-12 schools, graduate fellows can improve communication and teaching skills while enriching STEM content and instruction for their K-12 partners.

IARC Contact: Dr. Elena Sparrow (Project Co-PI)