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Curriculum Objectives
Arctic Alive is an innovative e-learning project that will bring cutting-edge geosciences research to the K-12 classroom, integrate geosciences curriculum, provide opportunities for K-12 teachers to work with scientists, and promote global understanding about the value and worldwide significance of the Arctic. Arctic Alive focuses on arctic research, the importance of the arctic region including its role in global climate change, its extraordinary environments, and diverse cultures.

Arctic Alive is a distance-learning environment for learners to be transported virtually to unique and remote locations within the arctic region. Arctic Alive an interactive, real-time, and unique web-based education program. Two key program components are (1) a teacher in the field with the geoscientists to facilitate activities in the classroom and (2) student interactions with the researchers. The curriculum is standards-based and interdisciplinary.
We anticipate that Arctic Alive will serve as a model innovative, web-based, virtual learning environment that can be accessed around the world. As a result of participation:

  • Students will be encouraged to explore scientific careers, will better understand current geosciences research, and will be more aware of the Arctic as a critical component of the global environment.
  • Educators will acquire a valuable new tool for science teaching and teaching about geosciences in the Arctic, an area of the world about which there is scant instructional material.
  • Indigenous peoples of the North will gain an unprecedented platform for sharing traditional knowledge regarding the lands they have inhabited for more than ten thousand years.
  • Practicing scientists will be enriched by contact with future scientists of the 21st century. Reporting from isolated locations such as an ice field in Greenland or a Naval vessel navigating the Arctic Ocean, geoscientists will have the opportunity to capture students’ imagination with the excitement and adventure of science.
Focus Questions
Throughout the Arctic Alive! mission teachers should be asking students questions to determine the student’s level of understanding. Initially, questions should allow students to communicate that they have knowledge and understanding of the actual content or skills being taught. Once students have demonstrated understanding, teachers should ask questions that allow students to apply, analyze, synthesize or evaluate the new information and skills they have gained. Teachers should make an effort to ask questions that make students consider how the information is relevant to them individually and locally. Some key questions that should be asked and extended include:
  • What is the Arctic and what is its significance in climate change?
  • What is the significance of climate change, locally and globally? What are possible projected consequences of climate change? What can/will you do, as an individual or community, to help slow the rate of global warming?
  • Can you explain what are geosciences and give examples? What are examples of current geoscience research and how can you pursue career opportunities in geoscience?
  • As case study of geoscience, why/how is sea ice important in the Arctic ecosystem, in regards to climate change, and for research purposes?
  • Why is it important and how can “local knowledge” be utilized in climate change research?
  • How have you applied the steps of the scientific method and the skills of scientific inquiry?


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