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Curriculum Activities

Curriculum activities will be developed throughout the course of the project. Please check back regularly.


Curriculum Title & Summary


Grade Level

Visualizing Data - Antarctic Radar Data to identify features & locate subglacial lakes - Navigating the data set (also needed)

The use of remote sensing data is used extensively in understanding our planet. This activity introduces students to the Mosaic of Antarctica data set of satellite images collected by the MODIS instrument (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)


Teacher version of activity (pdf) with answers & more detail on age appropriate exploration


Elementary Directed

Middle Student Pairs

High School Independent


Climate Change: Why do the Poles Matter?...water, water, water. There are 3 big ice sheets on Earth: Greenland, West Antarctica, East Antarctica. If they melted entirely sea level everywhere would rise. Each ice sheet holds the following amounts of sea level rise trapped in ice: Greenland 24 feet; West Antarctic 19 feet; East Antarctica 170. This is a total of 213 feet of sea level rise all over the world! But what does this really mean?


All Ages

POLAR I.C.E.  (Interactive Climate Education) - Is this Antarctic Glacier Losing Height? In this activity students will analyze authentic ice sheet elevation data from the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) and then develop ‘hands-on’ models to support their hypothesis for the ice sheet behavior.

PIG Data File 279 (excel file) - PIG Data File 362 (excel file) - Glacier Goo

Teacher Version of activity (pdf) with more details. High School

Adrienne and Beth's Wild and Crazy Adventure at the Bottom of the Earth!Follow Adrienne and Beth on their journey to the most remote place on Earth and see if you can help them solve the many puzzles that they face while they are there!

  Middle School




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