Antarctica or Bust
This winter, seven teachers from across the United States will be in Antartica as part of National Science Foundation Program that pairs K-12 techers with professional research teams. These photos show the teachers and their students preparing for the adventure.
Sixth graders at Bench
Elementary, in Billings, Mont., present a banner that they have all
touched for good luck to teacher Richard M. Jones. Mr. Jones plans to
fly the banner at the Pole.
Mrs. Kidder's first grade class (which includes Mr. Jones' son, Casey) present a banner for Mr. Jones to fly from a research blimp at the Pole.
Cody Brown, left, and Chris Healow, both seniors, put the finishing touches on a paper car in preparation for the "egg challenge." Students' creations are loaded with a raw egg and catapulted toward a brick wall. The egg should survive the crash without breaking.
A sample of the light-sensitive "UV bead zipper pulls" that teacher Richard Jones plans to take with him to compare the effect of the intensified ultraviolet light at the Pole with the light in Billings. The beads change from white to a variety of colors when exposed to light.
— Allison Shelley
Teacher Kevin A. Lavigne and a sample of the Antarctic soil
that his students are testing.
Hanover (N.H.) High School student Mike Perenza manages the titration process as part of a test to determine the carbon content of a sample Antarctic soil. Dartmouth student Katie Catapano, who will be part of an Anarctic team this season, helps.