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IPY-Det internasjonale polaråret 2007/2008

High school students - building scientific and polar curiosity through participation in Fram-V: a scientific field camp on drifting sea ice

Awarded: NOK 1.5 mill.

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2007 - 2009


To inspire, educate and give hands-on polar research experience to high school students, we propose to establish a five week field camp on drifting sea ice about 300 km north of Svalbard.The four week science and educational program - early April to early May 2007 will involve up to 50 students (4 groups) selected in a process which involves all high schools in Norway. Following a one day polar introduction at the Fram Museum in Oslo, a group of 10-12 students will during one week on the ice be allocated specific research projects in geophysics, geology and oceanography and daily receive two hours of lectures on how mathematics and physics apply to exploring the polar environment. A short report of scientific results is due at the end of their stay. Max. 20 people will be present in the ice camp at any one time. Field transportation will be by chartered ski-equipped Twin Otter stationed in Longyearbyen for the duration of the project. This education and outreach program is part of IPY project no 77 PLA TES AND GATES and also relates to CARE. All scientific data will be collected as part of university research programs and incorporated in future publications.

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IPY-Det internasjonale polaråret 2007/2008