Program - 2008

Films - 2007

Lectures - 2007

Performances & Polar Fair - 2007







Polar Weekend Education

Events 2008

Lakes & Mountains under ice? Lake Vostok and the Gamburtsev Mountains - With Robin Bell & Michael Studinger, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

The Gamburtsev Mountains are almost impossible to get to, only by sharing resources with Germany, Britian, China and Austrailia will we be able to make the journey and study these Antarctic mysteries.

Imaging the PolesWith Suzanne Carbotte, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Suzanne and her team demonstrated ways to use data to create images of polar areas, like this generated image of Dome A in East Antarctica.

Ice Age Landscapes in New York - With Dorothy Peteet, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Miriam Jones, Sanpisa Sritrairat, Maia Beh and Calder Orr, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Using microscopes visitors could look at pollen samples from the Hudson Valley thousands of years ago.

Greenland in New York? How can that be? -With Yuri Gorokhovich, Lehman College

Onlookers explore the effects of Greenland's melting ice sheets- a rise in global sea level as explaind by Yuri Gorokhovich.

Norwegian Sami culture & life in the Circumpolar Region With special Norwegian Guests

Norwegian Sami Performers

Little explorers see what it feels like to live like the Sami, the indegenious people of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This is a traditional Sami Lavvu or tent that is similar to the Native American teepee.

US/Norwegian IPY Expedition - With Tom Neumann, University of Vermont and Zoe Courville, CRREL

Tom Neumann and the IPY traverse team on this 2007-2009 expedition over across the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Create Polar Art– Illustrating Polar Books With the Girl Scouts of America (run by Troop #40603)

For a full presentation of the Polar Art click here.

View drawings from this table (to scroll through slide by slide click the rightfacing double arrow once the slideshow opens).

What is it like to work in the poles? Visit a Portable Polar Work Station straight from the poles! With Ken Hunkins & Chuck Hubbard, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Charles Bentley, Ice Core & Drilling Services, University of Wisconsin

Ken Hukins recaptures his IPY expedition experiences which occured over fifty years ago on Arctic Floating Station 'Alpha'.

Polar Warming and Melting - With David Holland, New York University

Denise Holland worked with David Holland to demonstrate a miniature replica of the submarine that goes under the polar ice.

Helo Hut-Used in Polar Field Work- Named 'Helo' Since it can be Suspended from a Heliocopter- Cold Region Research & Engineering Laboratory

Like any tent the Helo Hut can be used for shelter or storage - but it doubles as an outdoor laboratory.

What is different about the Helo tent is its mobility, it has runners like skis so it can be dragged behind a snow mobile. It is so lightweight, it can also fly! The Helo can be slung from a helicopter, like in this photo. The helicopter is also where the Helo gets its name!

Demonsrtation of Ice Coring- With Charlie Bentley

Charlie Bentley demonstrates Ice Coring to unlookers.


A proud demonstration of an ice core.

Build an Igloo - With Norbert Yankielun, Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory

Norbert Yankielun

Norbert Yankielun builds an igloo.

Exploration and Polar History - With Milbry Polk and WINGS WorldQuest

Women explorers' cards capture the interest of future explorers.

Teachers on Ice - With Lisbeth Uribe, The School at Columbia;

Lisbeth Urbibe shows students the effect of water on a Penguin's feather.

ARISE- ANDRILL's Research Immersion for Science Teachers & the Flexhibit? - With Vanessa Miller, Central Park East II

Vanessa Miller demonstrates to a little scientist how drilling for a core with the ANDRILL (see below) program works .

ANDRILL - Drilling Back to Our Future - With Stephen Pekar, Queens College.

Stephen Parker explains the importance of the Antarctic geological Drilling (ANDRILL). ANDRILL studies Antarctic sedementary rock in the hope that they will be able to tell us more about the role that Antarctica plays in our global climate.

Penguins and Polar Bears and the tip of the Iceberg - With the Central Park and Bronx Zoo

It's no easy life for a penguin. In an interactive zoo experience children like this simulate how penguins pick up eggs, rocks and their food by using kitchen tongs and smooth rocks.

Measuring the Temperature of Polar Ice from Space! - With Malcolm LeCompte, Elizabeth City State University

Dr. Lecompte demonstrates how surface temperatures are measured in polar areas. By satellites in Space measuring the inafred radiation being emitted from the ice.

Understanding Glacier Flow with Glacier Goo! - With David Braaten, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, Kansas University

Explore how glaciers move with some gooey fun!

Do you contribute to Global Warming?With Mary Elena Carr, The Earth Institute of Columbia University  

Students on Ice - Five New York High School Students were fortunate enough to visit Antarctica Dec07-Jan08 with Students on Ice.

This educational program focused on educating and exploring the polar regions. During the voyage, world-renowned polar educators lead seminars and lectures focused on many topics including the history, geography, flora and fauna of the Antarctic - as well as focusing on the many current environmental issues facing the poles today, such as climate change, global warming and over-fishing

Four of the students who were chosen for the trip hosted a table after their lecture on their experiences.

Implications and Causes of Shrinkng Arctic Ice Extent- Stephanie Pfirman and Krista Hoff , Barnard College

Stephanie Pfirman works with students on understanding the importance of rising sea levels. Pictured here is Barnard undergraduate Krista Hoff teaching a student.

The Northern Lights- With Dr. Pal Brekke, Norwegian Space Centre

"The Northern Lights are caused by large eruptions on the sun that shakes up the earths magnetic field."- Dr. Pal Brekke

Click here for a PDF summery of the lessons of 2008.


New York City International Polar Weekend is sponsored by AMNH, Columbia University, Barnard College, the Explorers Club and Wings WorldQuest, with special participation from the Norwegian Consulate, in partnership with Polar-Palooza and funding from the National Science Foundation. The event celebrates the ongoing research of the fourth International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2009.

For more information on this event e-mail Margie Turrin, 845-365-8494 . To learn more about our 2007 event click on the links to the left.

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