The Role of Polar Regions in Earth’s Changing Climate System
This Web Seminar, sponsored by the NSF, NOAA, and NASA, took place on December 13,
2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Kathy Gorski,
an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation
in the Office of Polar Programs. Dr. Gorski talked about IPY teacher opportunities
and resources and shared information regarding the tools and techniques used by
polar scientists during research experiences.
This web seminar was the second of two related to the IPY Symposium that took place
at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Denver, Colorado. In celebration
of the International Polar Day, Dr. Gorski talked about the history and goals of
IPY. She shared related teacher opportunities and resources, highlighting websites
like PolarTREC, DLESE, ipy.org and ipy.gov. Dr. Gorski also presented information
about the tools and techniques used by polar scientists during research experiences.
The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-8.
Twenty-nine (29) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. One participant attended
the program from Colombia. 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:
- "I am always interested in the web resources as I have a very small
- “For this particular web seminar, I thought the chat was awesome. There
a lot of good discussion going on.”
- “Learned about the composition of ice and methods scientists use to
- “Never knew there were so many types of ice! Happy International
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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Underwritten in part by NSF, NASA, and NOAA.