International Polar Year

Catching up on previous notes & scribbles.

Did you know that it is the International Polar Year? Check out the website for the focus and research. Note this announcement from Mark on the Megaconference listserv a while back:

As some of you may be aware, the International Polar Year (see ) officially began on March 1, 2007. It builds on prior International Polar Years (or IPY), the first being in 1882-83, the most recent being the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58. Emphasizing polar science and global impacts, this current IPY officially runs through March 2009 but will have momentum for years to come. The key themes are trends in melting snow and ice, the challenges facing Arctic residents, and the role of carbon in the Earth system. Made up of over 200 diverse international projects, with thousands of scientists, educators and enthusiasts from over sixty nations, IPY has tremendous potential to showcase state of the art technology (like I2) and help demystify how scientific research is actually conducted.

Looks like they’ll be participating in the Megaconferences this school year. I wonder what other events could tie in the use of videoconferencing & K12 education? Check out the educator’s section of the IPY site. There are some suggested activities, resources, and more. Maybe some classes could participate in some activities and then videoconference with each other to share results. Do YOU have any ideas?

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