Showing posts with label Polar Exploration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Polar Exploration. Show all posts

Friday, October 30, 2020

Learn About Exploration and Compasses by Making Your Own

Today, many of us just use an app on our smart phones when we need to get directions and navigate from point A to point B. Most of our students have never experienced getting directions in any other way. So they may be surprised to learn that we used to use maps and compasses to find our way from point A to point B. How compasses work and how you can make your own is the topic of a SciShow Kids episode released earlier this week

Make Your Own Compass explains to kids what a compass is, how it works, and how they can make their own with common household products. 

Applications for Education
Making a compass could be a great little project for kids to do at home with their parents. After making the compass students and parents can test it out with a backyard or neighborhood "expedition."

Building a compass could also be a fun project to incorporate into an in-class lesson about explorers and explorations like those of early polar explorers Amundsen and Peary. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Frozen Planet - An Interactive Exploration of the Poles

The Open University is a fantastic place to discover all kinds of valuable educational materials. From time to time I find myself getting lost in the content both on The Open University's website and The Open University's various YouTube channels. I was doing just that recently when I discovered Frozen Planet: Explore the Polar Regions.

Frozen Planet: Explore the Polar Regions features an interactive display through which you can view the history of polar exploration and the science of the polar regions. The interactive display is created through the use of the Google Earth browser plug-in and a timeline. You can click along the timeline to see and read placemarks on Google Earth. You can browse through and click on a list of important places in both polar regions. For further investigation and analysis of the polar regions you can activate a number of Google Earth layers within the Frozen Planet display. The display also includes videos about each region although the playlist for the Antarctic region is much longer than the playlist for the Arctic region.

Applications for Education
Frozen Planet: Explore the Polar Regions could be a good resource for both science and history teachers. In fact, Frozen Planet could be the basis for an interdisciplinary unit at the middle school or high school level.

Here's a fun fact that I learned through Frozen Planet: Explore the Polar Regions, five years after being the first person to stand on top of Mount Everest Sir Edmund Hillary was part of the team that completed the first complete crossing of Antarctica .

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Week Left to Apply for PolarTREC 2011/2012

Are you an adventurous teacher? Do you prefer cold weather over hot weather? Do you blog or are you willing to start blogging? If you said yes to those questions, you might want to apply for PolarTREC's 2011/2012 field experiences. PolarTREC is looking for twelve teachers who are willing to spend a few weeks (possibly longer) on an Arctic or Antarctic research expedition in 2011 or 2012. Your responsibilities on the expedition may vary but at a minimum you'll be expected to share your experiences with your school and others through a variety of online and offline mediums.

The application deadline is October 1, 2010. You can find the application and FAQs here. Listen to an informational webinar recording about the application and expeditions here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The South Pole Quest

I wrote about the South Pole Quest last month in a blog post that included a number of resources for teaching lessons about polar exploration. The South Pole Quest team reached their objective and the members are now on their way back to their respective homes. CNN recently interviewed one of the team's members, Ray Zahab, and posted the interview in an online video. The video (embedded below) provides a nice overview of the South Pole Quest team's adventure.

Thanks to Kraig Becker at the Adventure Blog for sharing the video.

Applications for Education
This video could be a nice, short introduction to a unit of study about polar exploration as well as a unit of study about climate change. The South Pole Quest website is a great source of audio podcasts and images from the expedition. The South Pole Quest website also features some great lesson plans about Antarctica.