Polar Ice Project

Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education (ICE) program

Rutgers University, CSU Monterey Bay, the Monterey Bay Research Institute, Indiana University, and Eidos Education have received a three-year, $1,100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education (ICE) program.

Polar ICE works to connect scientists with broader audiences to further the impact of their research, while connecting teachers and students from grade 5 through college with data and cutting-edge science right in their classrooms. It focuses on sharing the story of how polar science is done by highlighting science skills and practices, exploring data and making meaning from scientific information.

The grant will provide:

  • Workshops and other training opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty members interested in climate change research
  • Classroom-based polar science research via remote access to NSF data. The data will be developed into teaching modules that can be used to supplement teaching and to facilitate student research
  • Research opportunities for local community college students
  • Student research symposia, and professional development programs for middle and high school teachers

The goal of the Polar ICE project is to produce instructional materials and trainings that engage more teachers and their classrooms in polar science. It will bring real-world data, models and simulations into the classroom and make information about polar research widely available. This will also help to engage underserved students in scientific research.

The principal investigator for the project is Oscar Schofield at Rutgers University. The project had its public kick off during the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans during February 2016. The day prior to the workshop, a meeting of public educators and young polar scientists was held to discuss best practices and develop a community network to develop new tools. The Polar ICE project will help to connect such scientists and members of the public in the coming three years.


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