PolarTREC is currently accepting applications from teachers for the second
year of teacher research experiences. Teachers are invited to submit an
application to participate in field research learning experiences during the
2008 (Arctic) or 2008-2009 (Antarctic) field seasons. More information and
application forms are available at: http://www.polartrec.com .
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Funded by National Science Foundation (Award Number: 632401), PolarTREC is a
three-year (2007-2009) program of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.
(ARCUS) focusing on a wide variety of research activities occurring in both
the Arctic and Antarctic during and after the International Polar Year.
PolarTREC pairs K-12 teachers with researchers to improve science education
through authentic polar research experiences. The program integrates
research and education to produce a legacy of long-term teacher-researcher
collaborations, improved teacher content knowledge, and broad public
interest and engagement in polar science. The International Polar Year
presents an outstanding opportunity for researchers to share their passion
for polar research through topics that naturally engage students and the
wider public. PolarTREC is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Through PolarTREC, over 40 U.S. teachers will spend two to six weeks in the
Arctic or Antarctic, working closely with researchers in the field as an
integral part of the science team. PolarTREC teachers and researchers will
be matched based on similar goals and interests and teachers will be trained
to meet the program requirements prior to the field season. While in the
field, teachers and researchers will communicate extensively with their
colleagues, communities, and students of all ages across the globe, using a
variety of tools including satellite phones, online journals, podcasts, and
interactive "Live from IPY" events and web-based seminars.
Teachers and research projects will be selected and matched to fill the
openings available. All major expenses associated with teacher participation
in PolarTREC field experiences are covered by the program including
transportation to and from the field site, food, lodging, and substitute
Teacher Application Deadline: Friday, 5 October 2007
Teachers will be notified of selection decision in December 2007
More information about PolarTREC, including program goals, requirements,
expectations, and frequently asked questions, is available at:
For further information, please contact:
NASA-Regional Educator Resource Center
Murray State University
107 Waterfield Library
Murray, KY 42071-3307