2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
United States Antarctic Program United States Antarctic Program Logo National Science Foundation Logo
2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Polar (DCL-16-119): Polar Extremes: Enhancing Experiential Digital Learning

no photo available
Y-601-M Research Location(s): Dry Valleys / Cape Royds / Sea Ice


Event Number:

Program Manager:
Ms. Valentine Kass

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Elaine Hood

Principal Investigator(s)

Ms. Paula nmi Apsell
Public Broadcasting Service
Boston, Massachusetts


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Dry Valleys / Cape Royds / Sea Ice


This project is an integrated media and research project produced by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) science series, NOVA, that will bring polar science to informal learners through traditional storytelling and experiential, digital-learning environments. The project includes a two-hour nationally broadcast PBS documentary; a NOVA polar lab, an experiential interactive learning platform on polar science; and a polar exploration initiative consisting of a 10-part YouTube series, a collection of 360 videos, virtual field trips, and social media reporting "on location" from Antarctica, along with other polar-themed video, radio, and digital journalism. The project’s overarching goal is to determine the best way to combine and leverage traditional and interactive media technologies to educate the public about polar science.

Field Season Overview

The team will deploy to McMurdo Station to collect footage of scientists at work as well as landscapes, historical huts, wildlife, and aspects of life at McMurdo Station. They intend to bring two drones for camera work in addition to other camera equipment; details of this work will be provided in a concept of operations document that lays out operational plans and considers appropriate risks. The team will visit the Dry Valleys and Cape Royds. They will also film under the sea ice via the observation tube near McMurdo Station.

Deploying Team Members

  • Jason Longo
  • Caitlin Saks