Polar Climates, How Are they Changing?

Polar Opportunities!
The second of two web seminars on the topic of "Polar Climates, How Are They Changing?" was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenter was Allan Miller, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering. Mr. Miller talked about the International Polar Year and polar opportunities for educators.

Polar scientists live and work at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. Thirty-five (35) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

Mr. Miller talked about the relationship between the increased levels of greenhouse gases and the rise in global average temperatures and sea level. He also shared ways that teachers can get involved in the International Polar Year activities and encouraged the participants to contact local scientists to partner in partner in educational projects. All participants received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide titled Living in the Weather, grades 5-8.

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

  • "We are working on introducing a Global Climate Change program at my museum. This could not be better timed."
  • "I teach about climate change to my students and am also teaching a class to teachers this summer."
  • "The resources that Allan presented were phenomemal!"
  • "Will use this IPY information to enhance the advanced learning for selected students that need additional challenges to the regular curriculum."

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


For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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