The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) is an international expedition to the Arctic. Engage with the science of MOSAiC through education and outreach activities


Spend a Year Frozen in the Ice with MOSAiC

Polarstern Group Photo by Michael Gutsche

More than 500 participants from over 16 nations are spending a year in the Arctic ice to collect important data on the Arctic climate system. From September 2019 through October 2020, the icebreaker RV Polarstern will drift across the central Arctic near the North Pole frozen in sea ice during one of the most extensive Arctic research expeditions ever conducted. You can follow the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) research expedition in real time at! Read the latest expedition news and blog entries, get weekly expedition updates and learning resources, and access MOSAiC-related classroom curriculum, 360-degree virtual experiences, videos and other media, and more! Also, stay tuned for updates on MOSAiC expedition planetarium shows featuring footage captured by videographers on the Polarstern to be released later this year.

Photo: Michael Gutsche



What past participants are saying about the MOSAiC expedition virtual teacher workshops:

"I want to give my students relevant and up-to-date learning. I want to be able to show the kids that this is something that is really happening in the world today and is something that will affect their future. This curriculum gives me the means to do this."

"I really liked the virtual format of this workshop. It was an opportunity to meet people from different states and countries that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. The breakout rooms really helped to focus on a portion of the unit and to allow time to talk through the different activities."

"I love the hands on where we participate as students! Working with other teachers is very valuable."

MOSAiC Digital Resources

An international group of educators, photographers, cinematographers, and scientists are teaming together to bring the MOSAiC expedition to everyone and anyone fascinated by the Arctic, including K-16 students across the globe. Bookmark this site and check in regularly for curricula, videos, and other updates from the ship.

MOSAiC MOOC: Frozen in Ice

“Frozen in the Ice: Exploring the Arctic” MOOC, which is about the extraordinary MOSAiC Arctic research mission that has frozen an icebreaker into the Arctic Ocean, where it will drift for 13 months (

In this course, you’ll hear directly from more than three dozen MOSAiC scientists and Arctic experts as they summarize the core of their research, what types of data they collect during MOSAiC on the ice, under the sea, and in the air and describe why this expedition is so key for increasing our understanding of the Arctic and global climate systems.

“Frozen in the Ice: Exploring the Arctic” is also offered through Coursera

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