FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 27, 2007
This week the UA International Polar Year outreach office launched
its K-12 educator resource guide, which aims to help teachers
integrate IPY into their lessons. The guide was mailed to every
school in the state.
Using the six themes of IPY-change, connections, discovery,
observation, people and research-the guide emphasizes polar education
and climate change awareness, as well as opportunities for students
to learn from working scientists. It includes DVDs and overheads for
use in the classroom.
“This guide is just the start of our K-12 outreach efforts that we
will continue throughout the remainder of the International Polar
Year,” says IPY statewide outreach manager Cherie Solie. “We hope
that our efforts will provide a model for schools across the nation
to join us in this international effort to raise student awareness
about the poles and their effects on our world.”
In addition to the educator resource guide, the university’s IPY
office announced the launch of art and writing contests for Alaska
youth. Both contests will run through March 2008. Art contest winners
will have their work presented in May at the UA Museum of the North.
The writing contest will culminate with presentations by the winners
at the 2008 Alaska Science Fair in Anchorage.
Teachers and students can learn more about the guide and the
contests, as well as register as a point of contact for their school
For more information contact Jenn Wagaman, UAF Center for Research
Services outreach coordinator, at 907-474-5082 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Melissa Hill, Alaska Teacher Placement at 450-8400 or
The polar regions have profound significance for the Earth’s climate
and environments, ecosystems and human society. IPY is an
interdisciplinary and internationally coordinated research campaign,
ushering in a new era of polar science. For more information on IPY,