Some days the research team and I will be going to the sea ice, which is on the west side of McMurdo Station. Other days we’ll be in the Crary Aquatic Lab at McMurdo.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goal of PolarTREC is to, “invigorate polar science education,” provide opportunities for educators to grow their science identity, support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) practices with the audiences with whom the educators work and build relationships between the scientific research and education communities. As a PolarTREC educator, I will be participating in the research and sharing my experiences via online journals so the general population can find out more about life in the polar regions and the research being conducted in Antarctica.
I’ll be with the research team in Antarctica until November 25, 2019, when I’ll return to NatureBridge to share my experience with NatureBridge staff and participants, as well as the general public, and create STEM lessons that educators can use in the field with students.