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This page includes information from and about the Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA) Program. The information included on this page and in its links is intended to serve as a resource for others interested in research experiences. There were many iterations of TEA between 1992 and 2005, as reflected in the material collected in this section.

TEA was a research experience-based approach to professional development for K-12 US teachers. The Program was designed to address science education reform by immersing the practitioners of science education in current polar science research. TEA was based on the principle that teachers who are exposed to a research experience develop a heightened understanding of the process of science, which ultimately impacts their approach to teaching. TEA was sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). NSF award # ESIE 9904860. TEA was facilitated by the American Museum of Natural History, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Rice University, and the University of Rhode Island's Office of Marine Programs. The TEA staff and its parcticipants greatly appreciate the support of the NSF, without which there would never have been a TEA Program.

What is TEA?

Program Staff Contact Information

Program Evaluation Results

Who Does What?

TEA Contact Information

TEA Field Dates

TEA Regional Workshop

Voices from the Community TEA Newsletter

TEA Responsibilities and Guidelines
1998/1999 Parcticipants
1999/2000 Parcticipants
2000/2001 Parcticipants
2001/2002 Parcticipants
2002/2003 Parcticipants
2003/2004 Parcticipants

TEA Timeline

Researcher Information

Safety and Logistics

What Could Go Wrong

Notes from TEAs About the Field

Cultures You May Encounter (Arctic Indigenous Cultures and Others!)

Journals and HTML


Classroom Transfer

Resource Lists

Notes on Mentoring / How to Submit Online

Notes on Activities / How to Submit Online

Annual Reports / Notes on Annual Reports / How to Submit Online

Meeting Notes

Antarctic and Arctic Resource Trunks

ECW Gear

Travel Grant Opportunities

Real Audio

CU-SeeMe Help Notes Here!
Please note that the TEA Program no longer uses CU-SeeMe; Information on Real Audio is above.

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