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PolarTREC - Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating

General

Project start
01.01.2012
Project end
31.12.2013
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Education & Outreach
Project topic
Education & Outreach

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Arctic Oceans and various regions
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
01.01.2012
Fieldwork end
31.12.2012

SAR information

Project details

02.12.2019
Science / project summary

This proposal continues and expands the PolarTREC program that matches K-12 educators with researchers for field experiences in the Arctic and Antarctic. Annually the project will select 6-8 Arctic and 4-6 Antarctic projects to host teachers selected from nationwide applicants. Over four years, 48 teachers will go to the polar regions. The project has four objectives to: improve teacher content knowledge of multidisciplinary polar science; improve teacher instructional practices, especially the use of inquiry-based learning to translate polar science to the classroom; improve polar researcher’s understanding of and engagement in K-12 education; and increase student’s understanding of and engagement in the polar regions and polar science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers. The teacher experience includes an intense orientation focusing on having a successful field experience and translating that into the classroom, developing an education and outreach plan that focuses on their specific needs and goals, a final essay, submitting journals and photos to a website of real-time materials plus occasional live broadcasts from the field, follow up through a share fare to exchange activities and a network of teachers sharing ideas for incorporating the experience into their classrooms all backed up by external evaluation of the project using formative and summative techniques to address teacher professional development. PolarTREC is administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), a non-profit (501 3-C) in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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