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Expedition to Antarctica Overview

December 13, 2000 1 min read

This is the first installment of a three-part series about teachers in Antarctica.

Education Week will journey to that continent along with teachers in the National Science Foundation’s Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic program, which sends teachers to the polar regions to participate in cutting- edge scientific research.

Assistant Editor David J. Hoff and Photo Editor Allison Shelley (see “Behind the Scenes”) were selected by the NSF to be “media visitors” for approximately two weeks in January.

In this first installment:

  • Teachers Venture Into Science ‘Inquiry’. Throughout most of their high school science careers, students and teachers follow carefully scripted instructions as they seek to find preordained results. But seven teachers from across the United States are finding out that science doesn’t work that way. They will be in Antarctica as part of a National Science Foundation program that pairs K-12 teachers with professional research teams.
  • N.H. Teacher Conducts ‘Dry Run’ of Antarctic Experiments. This New Hampshire teacher is scheduled to accompany a team of scientists to Antarctica this winter. In the months leading up to his departure, he searched for ways to introduce his students at Hanover High School to the research he’ll conduct on his adventure.

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