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Classroom Arctic - Research on Svalbard up close and personal

With the help of geomedia, photos, videos, interviews and other collected impressions, an interdisciplinary teaching unit on diverse topics in and around Svalbard will be planned during the Timeless Arctic Expedition 2021. A combination of research and school will be created, which will provide exciting insights into the distant Arctic habitat.

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Starts
2021-08-08

Ends
2021-08-28

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Project type

  • field work
  • education and outreach

Discipline

  • marine biology
  • terrestrial biology
  • social sciences

Project Keywords

  • human dimensions / environmental impacts / environmental assessments
  • human dimensions / human settlements / archaeological areas

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Summary

My project idea is to develop an interdisciplinary teaching unit (geography, history, biology) of 6-8 school lessons on the guiding theme "Research in Svalbard - The Timeless Arctic Project". The lesson should be interactive and supported by geomedia. The focus is on linking research and school. Networking with selected groups of students is aimed at before, during and after the expedition. This allows the students to actively follow the expedition and intensify their relationship to the work in the field. The entire teaching unit is then publicly available to other learning groups. The aim for the students is to learn in an exemplary way how research in the Arctic works and why it is important. The Timeless Arctic Expedition (TA2021) will be used as a concrete example. In this way, the students will get to know the Arctic habitat and understand why this habitat is worth being protected and how they can treat the environment with respect today and in the future. Furthermore, the students should critically engage with different topics such as climate change, nature and resource conservation as well as sustainability and draw conclusions for their own (sustainable) actions and their spatial impact. The project also aims to show that the Arctic offers a wide range of highly relevant topics for meaningful integration in the teaching of various subjects. During TA2021, I would like to support the other participants in their work and record their steps for the students in photos, film and interviews. The material collected and the many new experiences will be incorporated into the lesson. With the help of a collection app (Survey123 by ArcGIS), the locations of the excursion route will be recorded in order to subsequently create interactive maps for the teaching unit and possible presentations. In addition, the air and water temperature and the salinity of the water will be measured at the locations. Measuring instruments will be used which can also be operated by students and which they can try out in class before and after the excursion. The measuring instruments from the school laboratory supplier Phywe are designed for mobile use with students in combination with mobile devices (e.g. iPad).

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