Polar Science, Global Discoveries: IPY Research Update for Teachers
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NOAA, and NASA, took place on May 1, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Mary Albert, Senior Research Engineer at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire. The topic of her presentation was global climate change.

This web seminar was the first of two related to the IPY Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts. The presenter focused her presentation on the following four questions: (1) Why are the polar regions important for global climate? (2) What is one (of many) important climate discoveries from past ice coring science? (3) How can teachers and students become engaged in IPY ice coring programs? (4) Where can teachers get reliable information about climate change science? The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-12.


Thirty-four (34) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Puerto Rico and another from the Philippines. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “It was very active. The participation of the teachers was tremendous and
    the presenter conducted the seminar wisely.”


  • “Learning from the experts. There is NO REPLACEMENT for learning from the
    people who really know.”


  • “I will be able to better explain the difference between sea ice and ice
    sheets and the effect of their melting.”


  • “I learned about some great sources of information, including the
    Norwegian/US polar traverse. Great session.”


Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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