Educational Opportunities and Resources
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Educational Opportunities

The NSF supports a range of programs for educators in both formal and informal educational settings.

NSF Polar Advisory Committee External U.S. government site
Provides guidance on integrating research and education in relation to the broader impacts of science.

PolarTREC External Non-U.S. government site
PolarTREC is an educational research experience, funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., in which K-12 teachers participate in polar research, working closely with scientists as a pathway to improving science education.

ARISE-ANDRILL Research Immersion for Science Educators External Non-U.S. government site
The ARISE program is open to kindergarten through college science educators from Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. All applicants must have at least three years of science teaching experience in a K-16 school or institution not including the current school year. For the U.S., this program is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Opportunities for Educators External U.S. government site
Learn about the NSF's Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator (VSEE) Program, and find out how to help further NSF's mission to support Antarctic science.

Specialized Information For:

K-12 EducatorsExternal U.S. government site
Undergraduate StudentsExternal U.S. government site
Graduate StudentsExternal U.S. government site
Postdoctoral FellowsExternal U.S. government site
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Educational Resources

Classroom Resources External U.S. government site
Most of these lessons and web resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) – an online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Educational Tools
Several USAP-associated agencies provide Antarctic educational tools for teachers and students.

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica External Non-U.S. government site
Accounts of K-12 teachers who have gone to Antarctica through the help of Rice University to work closely with scientists.

New Booklet About Modern Antarctic Science External U.S. government site  
The NSF's Office of Polar Programs is making available a new full-color, extensively illustrated booklet that highlights the variety of cutting-edge science conducted in Antarctica. The booklet, which is available online, is aimed primarily at a middle school audience and is designed to be useful as supplementary material for classroom teachers in a variety of subjects.

Climate Expeditions External Non-U.S. government site
The Ice Drilling Program Office has launched a new educational and outreach site that provides cutting-edge information based on current ice core research for educators, students and the public.

Life at a Remote Field Camp
Watch a video podcast that shows what it's like to live more than 900 miles from McMurdo Station in West Antarctica.

Long Term Ecological Research External Non-U.S. government site
Palmer LTER Education and Outreach has partnerships and collaborates with universities, schools, science museums, aquariums, nonprofit organizations, corporations and public agencies.

Project Iceberg External Non-U.S. government site
Six educators from the multi-national ARISE (ANDRILL Research Immersion for Science Educators) team brought exciting science to the world during the October-January 2006 drilling season.

The WAIS Website External Non-U.S. government site
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) initiative is a multidisciplinary study of rapid climate change and future sea level.

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