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PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating in the Arctic and Antarctic) is a program of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in which K-12 teachers participate in polar research, working closely with scientists as a pathway to improving science education.
Grade Level: Graduate or professional

International Polar Year
Website dedicated to NOAA's polar research. Includes resources for teachers like classroom activities and posters, and information for the public, even polar fun facts.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school,Graduate or professional

Polar Bears International
Everything you wanted to know about polar bears. An excellent source for information on the effect of climate change on polar bears and arctic life. The site also features lesson plans and reference information and activities for projects and papers. Visitors can follow satellite tagged bears as they travel and watch polar bears via a web cam in the fall.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Graduate or professional, General public

United States Antarctic Research Center
US Antarctic Research Center maintains the Nation's most comprehensive collection of Antarctic maps, charts, atlases, satellite images, photographs, slides, video produced by the United States and other member nations of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Materials can be ordered. Includes links to National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey, and other polar-related websites.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

Antarctic Connection: Marine Life
Overview of Antarctic marine life introduces nutrient upwelling and productivity, food chain members including krill, fish, penguins, seabirds, seals, and whales. Describes adaptations of krill, fishes, and whales to cold and the polar environment. Links to detailed profiles on Antarctic species, covering: Latin name, population, distribution, size, diet and other information, as well as audio files.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

Polar Science Station: POP Goes Antarctica?
VIMS Project POP – Persistent Organic Pollutants. The poles seem like they are at the “ends of the earth,” but chemical pollutants from human activities are showing up even there! This site explains what VIMS researchers look for and why it is important.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

All About Sea Ice
This comprehensive site is an introduction to sea ice: what it is, how it forms, how it is studied, how it affected historical expedition in the polar regions, and what role it plays in the global climate. The site contains a glossary of sea ice terms and references to additional information, which all serve as an excellent introduction. Data are also available from various collection methods for student interpretation.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Graduate or professional

Arctic Studies Center
Explore the virtual museum exhibit. Lessons for every discipline including anthropology, archeology, biology. Downloadable publications include the center's newsletter, field reports, and staff research. Resources include FAQs and a glossary. Educator resources available (complimentary and cost-associated). Current features include a Viking exhibit, complete with artifacts, and a Yup'ik Masks exhibit, complete with audio and video. Includes information and photos of Arctic wildlife and Arctic peoples. Information on the St. Lawrence Gateways Project.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Arctic Circle
Extensive information on the Arctic Circle. Highly acclaimed website features: natural resources, history and culture, society equity and environmental justice, a museum, a virtual classroom, and an Arctic forum, a discussion group for visitors. A wealth of information concerning the Arctic is at your fingertips. Site also includes information on Arctic legislation, natural resource management, stories about indigenous people, art and photo gallery, and GIS. Also features Arctic literature, music, and media.
Grade Level: High school

Bridge DATA - The Tip of the Iceberg
Using data from the National Ice Center, track the trajectory of Antarctic icebergs.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

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