Exploring the New and Old Arctic

Exploring the New and Old Arctic

Bring the true nature of science into your classroom room with new MOSAiC-related curriculum!

Inspired by the 1893 Fram expedition, the 2019-2020 MOSAiC expedition aims to better understand the changing Arctic climate system by freezing a ship in ice and drifting with the ice across the Arctic -- studying ocean, atmosphere, and sea ice processes -- for an entire year! In this workshop (July 28-29, 10 am - 2 pm MT), you’ll hear from MOSAiC scientists and the curriculum developers as they lead you through “Exploring the New and Old Arctic”, a middle/high school curriculum tied to NGSS nature of science standards in which students compare and contrast past (Fram) and present (MOSAiC) Arctic expeditions to prepare for the Arctic of the future.

Engage with immersive virtual reality Google Expeditions, authentic real-time Arctic datasets, and App-based labs in this 2-day virtual teacher workshop. Upon completion, participants will receive 10 continuing education hours with the option to also receive graduate credit from CU Boulder. 

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Left, members of the Fram expedition in front of their ship, the Fram. Right, MOSAiC scientists drill an ice core, the Polarstern is visible in the background.









Left, members of the 1893-1896 Fram expedition in front of their ship, the Fram (Photo: The Norway National Library). Right, MOSAiC scientists drill an ice core, the Polarstern is visible in the background (Photo: Stefan Hendricks/AWI).

About This Event

WHO: Middle and High School Science Teachers

WHAT: Virtual Teacher Professional Development Course for content and curriculum connected to NGSS Nature of Science standards.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28 from 10 am - 2 pm MT and Wednesday, July 29 from 10 am - 2 pm MT

WHY: The goal of this course is to introduce educators to NGSS Nature of Science standards in the context of the MOSAiC-related curriculum, “Exploring the New and Old Arctic”. At the end of the course, participants will be able to effectively facilitate each lesson, connecting concepts and standards back to the anchoring phenomenon, “How have scientific questions, methods, technologies, and our understanding of the Arctic changed over time?”

HOW: This interactive workshop will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Facilitators will lead participants through each lesson of the curriculum following the approach below: 

  1. Utilize the main Zoom meeting room for lesson instructions. Participants engage with lesson resources either individually or in small groups via Zoom breakout rooms.
  2. Everyone returns to the main Zoom room to wrap-up and reflect on the lesson.



Date: July 28 & 29, 10 am - 2 pm MT

Location: Your living room!

Registration: Free!

Continuing Education: Certificate for 10 hours of professional development

Graduate Credit: Option to pay for 1 graduate credit ($80) from the University of Colorado Boulder

Contact: jonathan.griffith@colorado.edu

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