Polar Science, Global Discoveries: IPY Research Update for Teachers
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
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
presenter conducted the seminar wisely.”
- “Learning from the experts. There is NO REPLACEMENT for learning from the
who really know.”
- “I will be able to better explain the difference between sea ice and ice
and the effect of their melting.”
- “I learned about some great sources of information, including the
polar traverse. Great session.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
Underwritten in part by NSF, NASA, and NOAA.