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Following are links to Polar and other interesting educational sites. The sites appear to offer useful curriculum or curriculum support materials. Please search the web for additional materials!

The Antarctic Connection A source for weather and information as well as a secure online retailer of Antarctic related products.

Antarctic Science and Policy: Interdisciplinary Research Education (ASPIRE) Currently in development, ASPIRE is an interdisciplinary course targeting, but not restricted to, the 12-16 grade levels. Students investigate Antarctic policy and science, ultimately coming together as representatives of treaty nations to resolve a wide scope of issues.

Arctica A science mystery presented by Access Excellence. Follow clues to hypothesize what happened to a group of British explorers frozen into the Arctic in 1834.

Arctic Circle Offered through the University of Connecticut. The overall goal of Arctic Circle is to stimulate among viewers a greater interest in the peoples and environment of the Arctic and Subarctic region. The Arctic Circle has three interrelated themes: natural resources; history and culture; social equity and environmental justice. In addressing these issues, the presentations utilize a range of textual and photographic materials, and in the near future, sound and short video recordings.

Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) Formed in 1988, ARCUS helps to identify and bring together the distributed human and facilities resources of the Arctic research community--to create a synergy for the Arctic in which each resource, when combined with others, can result in a strength that enables the community to rise to the many challenges facing the Arctic and the United States. This site offers links to educational programs investigating Arctic cultures and sciences.

Arctic Studies Center Explore the Arctic Circle. Learn about the fascinating cultures and animals of the North Pacific Rim. Interactive investigation of current social science in the Arctic.

Arctic Wildlife A site for information on Arctic wildlife and ecology, Arctic tourism, and other related information. Links to sites, arctic wildlife photos, products.

C.O.O.L classroom Rutgers Marine and Coastal Sciences have built a special website for students and teachers that visitors to join the scientists in the COOLroom as they explore the waters off New Jersey.

Journey with Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft as they cross Antarctica on sled from Queen Maud Land to Ross Sea. THe expedition starts 1 November and should be completed by mid-February.

Blue Ice Blue Ice: Focus on Antarctica provides science and social studies background and activities for in-depth classroom study. The live nature gives students experience using the Internet as a primary research tool. The interaction among students, guests and fellow students encourages writing and communication skills. Direct contact with scientists, explorers, writers, photographers and others gives students the opportunity to personalize their "trip" to Antarctica.

Blue Skies "The Weather Underground" of the University of Michigan. Targeted specifically at K-12. Access weather imagery, current conditions and forecasts, and curriculum actvities.

Classroom Antarctica is the Antarctic Division's On-line educational resource.

Computerworld Links to Polar Research, Science Sites specifically focused on Antarctica.

Dr. Universe From Washington State University, Dr. Universe will answer any question on any topic. A new question and its answer are posted daily.

Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment The included list of sites will give a brief overview of the Antarctic region.

Earth Viewer View the Earth at any longitude and latitude with pictures provided by satellites.

Frequently Asked Questions About Antarctica Compiled by Robert Holmes of the Space Science and Engineering Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Glacial Geology Course materials and images compiled by Dr. Thomas Lowell of the University of Cincinatti. Also includes course materials for environmental geology.

Graduate School of the Environment at Macquarie University The goal of this web site is to provide material covering laws, regulations, ecological communities, and the future of Antarctica.

Integrated Earth Information Server of the National Science Foundation. Geosciences. Integrated Earth Information Server (IEIS) built on the infrastructure provided by the nation-wide Unidata Internet Data Distribution (IDD) network, in which parcticipating universities are establishing information servers containing a range of earth-related data. Information available includes: current electronic weather maps and bulletins; oceanographic, seismic, and other environmental information; instructional materials to complement the data.

International Centre for Antarctic Information and Research's educational resource package Antarctica: A Resource For Teachers and Students.

Into the Arctic Climate Into the Arctic is designed to offer instructional materials and activities for teachers to use in the many contexts of their daily teaching routine. Information and activities are divided into four sections: Climate, Climate Change, El Niņo and the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2.

Leighton Taylor & Associates Join biologist and writer, Dr. Leighton Taylor, and renowned nature photographer, Norbert Wu, as they dive with research teams beneath the ice of Antarctica's Ross Sea, observing and recording the underwater world of McMurdo Sound. Their experiences will be documented in book about the marine life of Antarctica. Visit their site to read about their diving adventures and see previews of their photos!

Live from Antarctica 2. Visit with the exciting researchers of Antarctica and learn about the science and extreme living conditions that make their jobs a true adventure. Explore the realm of baby penguins and ice sheets. Learn the latest about ozone, and global climate change! This project will be active from January to April 1997.

NASA's Education Program

National Science & Technology Week Online The theme of NSTW of April 26 - May 2, 1998 highlights the fact that both the North and South Poles are "natural laboratories." They are unique in the opportunities they offer scientists and engineers to conduct research in pristine, natural environments.

National Snow and Ice Data Centerreceives many questions about snow, ice, and climate from teachers and students at all levels -- primary school through university undergraduates. Though their data products are targeted for the science research community, they have created and compiled some education resources for teachers and students.

Online Class Interactive learning tool designed to integrate technology into the K-12 classroom. Includes Blue Ice, an interactive field season in Antarctica, and OceanEXPO which explores geography and cultures, science, and sailing through a Round-the-World Sailing Rally.

Online Interactive Projects Includes Live from Antarctica 2, Live from Mars, and Women of NASA. NASA K-12 Internet Initiative "Sharing NASA" allows students to share in the excitement of authentic scientific and engineering pursuits like high-altitude astronomy, spacecraft explorations of distant planets, and space-based life sciences research. All "Sharing NASA" projects include a full suite of online resources. In addition, by collaborating with Passport to Knowledge, some special projects offer a full multimedia experience, making use of television broadcasts/videotapes, printed workbooks, and online interaction over the Internet. Projects usually last from two to four months and are open to any teacher or student.

The Polar Regions Jumpstation to the far North and South!

Secrets of the Ice, An Antarctic Expedition. Brought to you by the Boston Museum of Science, this educational expedition is the counterpart of the International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition. Sections include history of exploration, scientific background, and connections to the researchers via RealAudio.

The South Pole Adventure Web Page Science writer Janice VanCleave and Randy Landsberg of CARA (the Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica) have gone to the ends of the earth to get kids excited about science. They invite you to join their expedition to the South Pole and try some experiments along the way!

Science Resources Informative science web sites intended for students in kindergarten through eigth grade.

Scott Polar Research Institute SPRI is the oldest research centre in the world covering both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Students on Ice This program offers exciting educational expeditions for high school students and adults to the Antarctic and the Arctic.

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA) Join teachers as they venture to points north and south and parcticipate in Arctic and Antarctic research expeditions. Follow their adventures through daily electronic journals, correspond with them while they are in the field, chat with them through CU-SeeMe sessions. Keep up-to-date on the science and life at the poles. Upcoming Arctic field season begins in June 1998; Antarctic field season begins in October.

TerraQuest Virtual Expeditions on the World Wide Web Includes Virtual Antarctica, climbing in Yosemite National Park, and Virtual Galápagos.

U.S.G.S. Online Data U.S. Geological Survey products, including maps, aerial photographs, digital data, satellite photos and reports can be ordered.

Web66 The project is designed to facilitate the introduction of web technology into K12 schools for students and teachers. Links available to national and international schools on the web. Resource links. From the University of Minnesota.

Web Sites for ScienceThis collection of sites is aligned with the Science and Technology Learning Results Content Standards. A variety of resources are available on the Web such as collaborative projects, real time data, interactive exhibits, simulations, content information, etc. to support student learning.

Why Files A project of the National Institute for Science Education, The Why Files are an electronic exploration of the science behind the news. New features on the science (and math, engineering, and technology) of everyday life are presented twice a month. The boundaries are broad -- from outer space to cellular biology, from dinosaurs and dragon lizards to the statistics of political polling.