Impact of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems
During this half-day symposium, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), government agency
scientists and education specialists talked to the audience about the impact of polar climate change on living systems.
The presenters also performed activities that enhanced the participants' knowledge and served as models for
activities the teachers could do with their students in the classroom. The program was designed for teachers
of grades 5-8. All participants received educational materials from NASA, NOAA, and NSF funded programs.
This symposium was held at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, MO. The International
Polar Year promises to advance our understanding of how the Earth's remote polar regions impact global climate
systems, to bring about fundamental advances in many areas of science, and to fire the enthusiasm of students for
future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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Underwritten in part by NSF, NASA, and NOAA.