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ANDRILL Education and Public Outreach:

A Legacy of the IPY

Principal Investigators: Frank Rack and Louise Huffman, ANDRILL Science Management Office
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National Science Foundation Grant # ANT-0342484

Project Description

The primary mission of the ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) Education and Public Outreach (EPO) program is to communicate polar geoscience and climate change science to non-technical audiences and to support formal and informal education programs. Using the inherent curiosity and excitement about working in Antarctica's extreme environment, ANDRILL's international network of scientists and educators work together to convey a deeper understanding of current research, as well as the process of science. During the International Polar Year (IPY), these activities primarily focused on the ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS) and Southern McMurdo Sound (SMS) projects, and two over-ice geophysical surveys. Louise Huffman, the ANDRILL Coordinator of Education and Outreach, who serves as the co-chair of the IPY-EOC formal education subcommittee, helped to establish partnerships among several NSF-sponsored IPY projects to encourage and support efforts by educators and scientists towards the common goals of enhancing science literacy and promoting the IPY in formal and informal education and outreach venues. The ANDRILL initiatives include the ARISE (ANDRILL Research Immersion for Science Educators) Program, the Project Iceberg portal, the FLEXHIBIT ("flexible exhibit"; initially developed by the "Antarctica's Climate Secrets"/"IPY Engaging Antarctica" project with NSF funding), and the Project Circle.

The ARISE program builds on the best practices of previous National Science Foundation models of research immersion for science educators. ARISE educators communicate with students, teachers, and community audiences about polar research, especially pertaining to ANDRILL science. The team of ARISE educators have helped establish a network of international collaborators and collaborations across grade levels and cultures. ARISE and ANDRILL partnerships have been developed with several museums including the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the Nebraska State Museum of Natural History, the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History, and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Additional partnerships have been formed with the Lincoln, NE and Chicago, IL Public Schools and a polar learning community of more than 250 educators has evolved over the past three years. Educators and students have followed ANDRILL's field projects through the Project Circle, which provides a googlehub, shared workspace for classrooms during each deployment to share images, comments, best practices, and insights about learning outcomes.

The Project Iceberg portal provides open access to online, downloadable videos, ARISE educator blogs, and educational resources from ANDRILL projects. The portal continues to provide a key aspect of ANDRILL's education and public outreach outcomes by providing an engaging, visually attractive site containing resources for students, teachers and the general public. The FLEXHIBIT is a series of banners (and posters) focused on five Antarctic themes, with hands-on, inquiry-based activities closely related to ANDRILL science in a supporting activity booklet. These resources are available through the education page of the ANDRILL website . The FLEXHIBIT banners have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, Kiwi English with Maori headings, and Arabic. Teachers Packets have been created with two DVDs containing all of ANDRILL's existing educational content, including banners, posters, videos, podcasts and the activity book, among other resources.

Finally, the ANDRILL SMO has developed an engaging outreach booklet for NSF that provides an overview to Antarctic science and activities of the U.S. Antarctic Program. A companion booklet focused on the Arctic is currently under development.

Contact Information:
Frank Rack, Louise Huffman, ANDRILL Science Management Office