McMurdo Speaker Series: Antarctica, Space & Lasers (Oh my!) A Day in the Life at McMurdo

Join McMurdo scientist, Jackson Jandreau, from McMurdo Station in Antarctica and learn what a day in the life at McMurdo looks like! Hear about the McMurdo LIDAR team and how scientists spend their day, including what you do for fun in Antarctica, along with lots of amazing photos, videos, and a Q&A session with classes across the country. 

This video is a recording of a live stream from McMurdo, Antarctica and is presented in partnership with Exploring by the Seat of your Pants

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About the Speaker

Jackson is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying aerospace engineering and atmospheric science. His research interests include the dynamics of the middle and upper atmosphere and the design and operation of lidar systems. Jackson visited Antarctica in the summer of 2019-2020 and will spend 15 months on the ice operating the lidar observatory starting in the fall of 2022.

Resources for you and your students

  • High School level 3-part lesson on the Arctic - A three-part curriculum about Arctic climate. The activities may be used independently or in sequence. 

    • Activity 1 (Exploring the Arctic) of this sequence allows students to explore Arctic geography, then take hands-on meteorological measurements to learn about how climate data is collected in the Arctic. 

    • Activity 2 (Do you really want to visit the Arctic?) uses the jigsaw method to have students work with various weather parameters in a role-playing format.

    • Activity 3 (Exploring Arctic Climate Data) students plot and analyze real Arctic climate data from the same site.

  • Antarctica with Ted Scambos - In this webinar Dr. Ted Scambos presented a 'science travelogue' for the continent of Antarctica. His nineteen expeditions to Antarctica, in every region of the continent and the sea ice that surrounds it, have made him an expert in the field.

  • VR Expedition: MOSAiC Ice Camp - Created in partnership with our friends at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, this 'choose your own adventure tour allows you to explore the MOSAiC Ice Camp like never before and get a front-row seat to the unprecedented work conducted by MOSAiC scientists! 

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