International Polar Year Web Portal Offers E-mail Alerts for Educators
Teachers can now sign up for e-mail alerts immediately informing them when news about federally funded educational materials, classroom resources and information about opportunities to assist scientists in the field is added to the U.S. government's Web portal for the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.
Launched in February, the newly redesigned interagency portal--http://www.ipy.gov--now offers two RSS (short for "Real Simple Syndication") feeds to the public--one on "news and features" and one on "educational resources." Once users have set up their computers to read the RSS feeds, they automatically will receive e-mails as new links are added to the portal.
Directions for subscribing to the feeds are available on ipy.gov's home page.
IPY is a global scientific campaign that began in March 2007. It promises to advance our understanding of how the Earth's remote Polar Regions affect global climate systems, to bring about fundamental advances in many areas of science, and to fire the enthusiasm of young men and women for careers in science and engineering. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the lead federal agency for IPY and maintains the IPY portal.
Current offerings in the ipy.gov "Explore and Learn" section include links to
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The IPY portal also lists Events and Exhibits including a June workshop at Ohio State University's Byrd Polar Research Center on "Teaching About the Cryosphere." A separate section provides images of IPY posters produced by federal agencies and federally funded research centers and links that allow teachers to download the posters for use in the classroom.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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