Draft documents for the IPY Education Working Group to edit, concerning development of the Polar Resource Book. If you have questions about this project, please contact Karen Edwards (
ALL DOCUMENTS ARE DRAFT, please do not circulate unless within the Education Working Group, or with their consent.
Resource Book Poster (low res)
As the PRB evolves, take a look at the prototype the working group has developed as of August 2009.
Did you develop or adopt a new polar science activity or program for your students or community during IPY that was really successful? Now there is a way to share these successes with a much broader audience. Click here to access the Announcement for Intent to Submit and the Chapter 2 & Chapter 4 Intent to Submit Forms. Deadline for submissions is July 20, 2009.
IPY_APECS_PolarResourceBook_Apr_23.pdfLATEST VISION DOCUMENT updated April 23 09
Polar Resource Book Structure - proposed structure for the book
Polar Science Communication Course concept paper by Jenny Baeseman
to be integrated throughout book
Profile ideas Jenny Baeseman
Collected biographies Rhian, Miriam, Mieke, Hugues, Louise, Lars
SIPEX Success story thanks to Sandy,- success story about teachers in the field
Chapter 1: Polar Science - What and Why?
Updated Version of Chapter 1 June 22 09
Adapted from this ISS EcoScience chapter - PDF contains images and graphs referenced in the text.
Chapter 2: Polar Educational Activities and Teaching
- In Template form:
Polar webcams thanks to Donald Reid
From Pole to Pole thanks to Sandy Zicus
Light on Ice thanks to Sandy Zicus & Donald Reid
Sediment Tubes thanks to Louise Huffman
Fat Birds thanks to Louise Huffman
Proving the greenhouse effect thanks to Miriam Hebling Almeida
Activities contributed and translated by Bego Vendrell:
Can we see water masses?
Ice, Sea Level and Density
What is a thermocline?
Is there life in ice?
How does seawater freeze?
Polar Day activities adapted by Bettina Kaiser:
Icebergs and Sea Levels
Icecaps and Sea Levels
Sea Ice and Density
Permafrost & Temperature Changes NEW & UPDATED! thanks also to Torsten Sachs
- Not in template form:
Classroom PaleoCore thanks to Mieke Sterken
NZ Polar Contests thanks to Melianie Raymond
collected resources Resources collected by the group, as a ZIPpedfile>
Polar Classroom Activities including Polar Days and activities by Sandy Zicus and Louise Huffman
List of additional resources for editing Bettina Kaiser
Chapter 3: Polar Science and Learning - How?
Tips and Tricks for Science Presentations updated February 09
Chapter 4: Education & Outreach Projects – Inspiring Ideas from Around the World
thanks to Bettina & Melianie
Draft template for Chapter 4
About The Polar Resource Book
The Polar Resource Book is the vision of a group of young, international, polar researchers with a shared commitment to outreach and education. It is a response to continual requests from teachers and scientists wishing to raise awareness about the importance of polar science. The vision quickly engaged the imagination of educators around the world who are part of the ever-growing IPY community. It has since gained the support of IPY sponsors, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as well as the University of the Arctic, the United National Environment Programme (UNEP), and the organizing committee for the flagship IPY Conference in Norway, 2010. This grassroots collaboration between young researchers, international educators, and polar institutions, is central to the project’s development and philosophy. It ensures efforts catalyzed by IPY will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers into the next generation.
The Polar Resource Steering Group consists of professional educators and early career polar scientists from around the world: