Few students understand the importance of Polar Science and how it contributes to our changing world. Polar Science is not as common as Environmental Science or Meteorology; however, it is an imperative part of understanding how global warming and climate change affects our planet. In order to teach children about Polar Science and how important it is, teachers need the proper teaching tools and resources available to them. The following websites are excellent sources for teachers and educators.
In order to appreciate a region, you have to really learn about the region. The Arctic Circle website is one of the best resources for teachers to use in the classroom when teaching their students about the peoples and environment of the Arctic and Subarctic region. This website is a must for educators of Polar Science.
Polar Science Station
Polar Science Station is a very valuable website that provides teachers and educators with online science and numeracy resources as well as informative curriculum materials. It also has plenty of activities for students to enjoy while learning about the Antartica.
One of the most difficult things for educators to do is fully explain to students how important the polar regions actually are. This website bridges the gap between classroom teaching and real exploration. It also shows students exactly why it’s so important to learn about Polar Science and that knowledge will help us in the future.
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Are your students fascinated with polar animals? Do penguins make them giddy with excitement? If so, then this is the ultimate website for you. Here, Dr. Shane Kanatous investigates the unique environmental adaptations that allow young Weddell seal pups to develop into skilled divers. It’s a fascinating look at a little known species.
Dive and Discover: Expedition 10: Antarctica
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in Antarctica? This is the website for you. Dive and Discover shows us the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, one of the coldest and most remote locations on the planet. It’s a fascinating look into a place very little travelled.
Because of the remote, icy location very little is actually known about the polar region in its entirety, therefore, it’s important for teachers to have resources available to gather the proper information and stimulate the interest of young minds. That way, an interest in polar Science will build in the minds of our future scientists.