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Polar Education & Outreach





Associated Polar Science Projects:

AGAP Project

IceBridge Project

Ice Pod Project

Polar Weekends

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory









Outreach Events

Taking our science activities out of the classroom and connecting to the general public is an important piece in our science education mission, and is key in building future capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. Here you will find some examples of connecting the community with science topics and activites in an exploratory, active and engaging way that is fun for a wide range of ages. Presenting teacher workshops & conference sessions are also key to developing a STEM community.

Model ice off


glacier goo

  • Spring 2011 World Science Festival, New York City
  • Fall 2011 Lamont's Open House
  • Fall 2011 STEM Science for Girls at Rockland Community College
  • Fall 2011 Earth2Class Teacher Workshop
  • Fall 2011 NSTA Hartford CT Teacher Workshop
  • Winter 2011 Rutgers Undergraduate Presentation
  • Winter 2011 AGU Teacher GIFT workshop
  • Spring 2012 The Intrepid Girls in Science & Engineering
  • Spring 2012 NSTA Annual Conference, Indianapolis Indiana
  • Spring 2012 World Science Festival, New York City
  • Summer 2012 Intrepid G.O.A.L.S.Camp, New York City

Race the Glacier - Poster - Activity

Glaciers are melting at different speeds as the planet warms, and visitors to the Polar Geophysics Group activity got to see the process first hand. Armed with stop watches and piles of goo, they timed the slide of their goo-glacier against the real-world advance of Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier and Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier which are sliding into the sea at the rate of 113 feet and 31 feet a day respectively. The challenge was to be slower in this race, holding the glacier back on land and out of the world's ocean.




Peering Under the Ice - Poster - Activity

How can radar peer through ice? Sending radar-like "pulses" into a covered box participatns could calculate what was inside by measuring the distance the pulse traveled as it moved through the box. After graphing the results, they peered under the lid to discover the hidden treasure below.

flyoverice peeringunderice flyingoverice

Earth's Inner Secrets - Magnetometer - Super Cooling

magnetometer Robin students

The Intrepid - Girls in Science & Engineering


plane Tim
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