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Training Robots as Polar Explorers

5/31/2007 Engineers at the U.S. Army's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) are studying how to use robots to assist in making scientific measurements in the Polar Regions. They have recorded a Greenland field test on video. More

A System of Lakes and Rivers Buried Under the Antarctic Ice Sheets is "One of the Last Unexplored Places on Earth"

5/24/2007 A vast system of lakes and other aquatic features under the Antarctic ice sheet is one of the "last unexplored places on Earth" and great care will have to be taken in the years ahead as scientists consider how to sample the waters. More

Smithsonian Web Site Makes Curriculum Planning and Teaching Easier

5/15/2007 The Smithsonian’s gateway to more than 1,200 free educational resources--www.smithsonianeducation.org--now aligns those resources to state learning standards. A search under "Arctic," for example, turns up subjects from "Arctic Social Sciences" to an Arctic Wildlife portfolio. The site also includes a series of lessons for grades 3-8 called "Teaching from Objects and Stories: Learning from the Bering Sea Eskimo People." More

Teacher Web Seminars on IPY from the National Science Teachers Association

5/15/2007 The National Science Teachers Association has scheduled several free IPY Web seminars featuring scientists and education specialists from NSF, NOAA, and NASA. Designed for grade 5-8 teachers, the seminars will focus on global climate change, land and marine adaptations, migration, the carbon cycle, and human impact on climate. Registration is required. More

Visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge...via the Net

5/8/2007 Established in 1960 and managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildife Service, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge encompasses the traditional homelands and subsistence areas of Inupiaq Eskimos and Athabascan Indians. The 19.2-million acre refuge is home to an unbroken continuum of arctic and subarctic ecosystems. More

National Public Radio Affiliate makes Available Teacher Guides on Antarctic Topics

5/7/2007 As part of award-winning multimedia Web site built around reporter Dan Grossman's visit to the Antartic Peninsula, WBUR developed lesson plans for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8. More

NASA's "Polar Express": A Multimedia Storehouse

5/7/2007 "NASA Polar Express" puts a storehouse of multimedia information about the poles of Earth, the moon and Mars--assembled from the agency's science and exploration programs--at your fingertips. More

National Marine Mammal Laboratory's Trove of Animal Images

5/4/2007 NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory image gallery has collections of photographs and illustrations of "pinnipeds," the scientific name for seals, sea lions, and walruses, and "ceteceans" or dolphins, porpoises and whales to non-scientists. More

The ARMADA Project: Classroom Teachers Take to the Field

5/1/2007 The ARMADA Project at the University of Rhode Island allows K-12 teachers to participate in ocean, polar, and environmental science research and peer mentoring. Master Teachers bring the fruits of their experiences into their classrooms. NSF funds ARMADA. More