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IPY Videoconference connects Alaska and Argentina

On Tuesday, April 8, middle- and high-school students from Fairbanks, Shageluk and Wasilla, Alaska, will join with students from the other end of the globe, in Ushuaia, Argentina, in a live two-hour videoconference that is part of International Polar Year (IPY) activities at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The students will respond to a focus question about the important seasonal indicators in their area (such as budburst, leaves changing colors, or river/lake freeze-up or break-up), and how those indicators may be impacted by climate change. They will then discuss their answers with each other and with several arctic and antarctic scientists who will be on hand.

This videoconference, similar to one that was held a year ago on the UAF campus, is part of an International Polar Year (IPY) project called Seasons and Biomes that is headed by Dr. Elena Sparrow of the International Arctic Research Center at UAF with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. This project trains K-12 teachers and students from around the world to investigate seasonal and environmental changes in their own biomes. It is part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, which is funded through a cooperative agreement with NASA, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Colorado State University, and engages students from 109 countries in environmental science investigations.

This second videoconference marks the beginning of a student research campaign for GLOBE students who have already started measuring environmental/seasonal parameters around their schools. This campaign is intended to foster students

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