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.

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.

Opportunities for Educators
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 Educators
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Educational Resources

Classroom Resources
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.

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Weddell Seal trading card

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

Antarctic Animals DIY Trading Cards
These DIY cards can be easily printed and assembled, and feature illustrations and interesting facts of various well-known and not so well-known Antarctic creatures.

Timeline of the South Pole Telescopes
Numerous telescopes over the years have found a home at the South Pole. With them, astronomers have peered deep into space and back in time. Now you can explore them all!
For print, 24 x 36 inches (4.9 MB)
For web viewing (1.2 MB)

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica
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

South Pole Telescope Timeline
South Pole Telescopes Timeline
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
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
Palmer LTER Education and Outreach has partnerships and collaborates with universities, schools, science museums, aquariums, nonprofit organizations, corporations and public agencies.

Project Iceberg
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
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) initiative is a multidisciplinary study of rapid climate change and future sea level.