Quick Ways that Teachers and Students can learn more about the Changing Polar Regions, and get involved during the week of March 12th!
1. Learn About Change at the Polar Regions
Download this Primer in a choice of languages (good for language and science classes!):
2. Launch a Virtual Balloon
Join schools, researchers and interested individuals to mark your participation in this Changing Earth IPY Day on a collaborative map.
3. Join the IPY Teachers discussion group to learn more about our activities.
4. Changing Earth in the Classroom:
Go back in time and learn how the polar regions have changed over millions of years.
Use this Climate Timeline by NOAA to learn more about the Earth's Geological Past.
Download a Changing Earth flyer in your language:
5. Talk to the Scientists
Four live events, that you can join via internet, phone, or at participating science centres, will be occuring between March 11th-13th, in timezones around the world.
This Live Events page gives you details on how to participate.
First Event: World Ocean Observatory
Technology required: internet and computer with sound
Time: March 12, 2008 @ 01.00.00 UTC
Second Event: ARCUS PolarTrec Live From IPY
Technology required: phone (minimum) and internet (optional)
Time: March 12, 2008 between 18.00 - 20.00 UTC
Third Event; IGLO/NASA videoconferencing I
Technology required: turn up to one of the local science centres in Mexico, Beijing, & Melbourne, or watch the webcast.
Time: midnight UTC (night of March 12th, morning March 13th)
Fourth Event; IGLO/NASA videoconferencing II
Technology required: turn up to one of the local science centres in Chicago, Cardiff, Lisbon, Egypt, and Cape Town, or watch the webcast.
Time: 13.00 UTC March 13th
6. IPY Projects Studying Changing Earth
IPY projects studying how the Polar Regions have changed over a range of time-scales are listed here. This includes research about sub-glacial lake research, GPS monitoring, climate studies, deep sediment drilling and ice coring.
7. Educational Resources about our Changing Earth:
West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide Ice Core Project and WAIS Divide Outreach Project; an educational site dedicated to improving the understanding of ice coring and how it pertains to the study of climate change.
Antarctica's Climate Secrets activity book, including a set of activities and banners.
Geological timescale in Denmark. Great photos and illustrations. In English and Danish.
webGeology Flash teaching resources from the University of Tromsø, Norway. Illustrations and animations are very informative and available in several languages.
Antarctic Science Resource Book, distrubuted by Australian Science Teachers Association, including a chapter on Geography and Geology.
NOAA Paleoclimatology: lots of great features, including a timeline and paleo-perspectives on environmental issues.
Earth Learning Idea; Innovative, earth-related teaching ideas, with a new activity every week in 2008.
National Snow and Ice Data Centre:
The NSIDC Education Center has a range of information, from "encyclopedic" sites on cold topics such as sea ice and snow (the "All About" sites), to detailed sites on studying change in the field (for example, IceTrek).
The State of the Cryosphere offers mid-level analysis of the changes we are seeing in the frozen aspects of our world.
Repeat Photography of Glaciers helps show how glaciers have changed through time.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center also offers a free poster dedicated to IPY and the study of change on our planet. Order your copy here.
Other Classroom Posters
Polar Sciences Collection; science resources celebrating the International Polar Year
Climate Change Collection, a suite of science education web-based resources covering natural climate dynamics as well as human impacts on the climate system
Global Outlook for Ice and Snow (United Nations Environment Programme) graphics, images, background information relevant to most IPY research.