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 22, 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 second 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) Is polar science relevant to world peace? (2) How is the atmosphere involved in current climate change? (3) How do we know about ancient atmospheres? (4) What are some discoveries from the International Polar Year so far? (5) How can teachers become involved in IPY? The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-12.

Twenty-five (25) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Australia and another one from the North Pole. 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:

  • “Having these updates periodically during the year keeps the information

  • “I always go away with some useful information/activities to use in my science

  • “This web seminar was very interesting, with a tremendous amount of
    resources for teachers.”

  • “It was a great presentation, many questions were answered, I enjoyed it.”

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


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