The Polar Bear Project

Are polar bears an effective emotional hook for increasing student learning about climate science? Explore educational resources and research results. 

The Polar Bear Project

Our NSF-funded research project investigates the influence of an emotional hook on a student’s interest in and capacity to learn about the globally connected climate system. One specific question we are researching: Are polar bears an effective emotional hook for increasing student learning about climate science?

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Videos

Unique Polar Processes
Unique Polar Processes

This peer-reviewed educational video describes sea ice and land ice processes that are unique to polar regions. It is aimed at an undergraduate non-science major level. The video was produced by a team of CIRES scientists in collaboration with CIRES Education and Outreach. Video production was funded by Professor…

Arctic Feedbacks
Arctic Feedbacks

This peer-reviewed educational video introduces feedbacks that are important in the Arctic climate system. It is aimed at an undergraduate non-science major level. The video was produced by a team of CIRES scientists in collaboration with CIRES Education and Outreach. Video production was funded by Professor…

Albedo, Biology and Ecosystems
Our Shared Climate Future
Our Shared Climate Future

This peer-reviewed educational video explains human-caused climate change including the greenhouse effect. It is aimed at an undergraduate non-science major level. The video was produced by a team of CIRES scientists in collaboration with CIRES Education and Outreach. Video production was funded by Professor…

Greenhouse Effect, Albedo

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