The Arctic and polar research as an Vehicle for STEM & Environmental Education

Organizing body: Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences 5. September 2017

Polar Regions represent one of the most interesting natural environments that can engage pupils in topics related to global changes. 

This session will be dedicated to presentations and discussion on international education initiatives: EDU-ARCTIC and INTERACT Horizon2020 EU Projects and ERIS ERASMUS+ Project, which may serve as an international vehicles to encourage pupils to pursue further education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), setting them on a path to STEM careers, or even to become a scientist. These initiatives use a mix of different tools to bring an innovative approach to teaching STEM, including online lessons with polar scientists, environmental monitoring programme, various ready-to-use educational materials for teachers or even a chance for students to win a trip to the Arctic. During the session educational activities proposed by research centers and institutes will be featured. Moreover science communication issues, crucial for effectiveness of all dissemination activities will be discussed.

Speakers:

  • Agata Goździk, Project Coordinator, Institute of Geophysics PAS, Poland: EDU-ARCTIC program for secondary schools in Europe
  • Margareta Johansson, INTERACT Coordinator, Lund University, Sweden & Dr. Agata Goździk: Educational resources on the Arctic - meeting the expectations of teachers based on INTERACT Horizon2020 survey
  • Halldor Palmar Halldorsson, director, University of Iceland´s Research Center in Sudurnes, Iceland: Educational activities and opportunities at the Sudurnes Science and Learning Center, SW Iceland
  • Halldór Jóhannsson, Executive Director, Arctic Portal, Iceland: Science communication to educators
  • Tomasz Wawrzyniak, polar researcher at Institute of Geophysics PAS, Poland: Exploitation of Polar Research results In School practice – project ERIS