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EDU-ARCTIC is an EU-funded project focused on using Arctic research as a vehicle to strengthen science education curricula all across Europe. It aims to encourage students aged 13 to 20 to pursue further education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), setting them on a path to perhaps one day work in one of these sectors.

The EDU-ARCTIC project uses a mix of different tools to bring a fresh approach to teaching STEM subjects, including online webinar lessons with polar scientists (during which students enter a virtual classroom that allows them to experience polar science firsthand), a “citizen science” environmental monitoring programme, teacher trainings and workshops, an online “Polarpedia” portal with loads of useful information, and a chance for students to win a trip to an Arctic research station!

Learn more about EDU-ARCTIC in the links!

Project description

EDU-ARCTIC uses interactive, innovative online tools that allow everyone to use Arctic research as a teaching tool in secondary school education in Europe. Students between the ages of 13 and 20 and their teachers can take advantage of the educational programme's five main components:

  1. Online webinar lessons hosted by polar scientists broadcast from research stations. The lessons focus on natural science topics, polar research and why they are key to helping solve important challenges in society. The content of each webinar can be adapted according to different school curricula and according to region or country.
  2. “Polarpedia”: An evolving online encyclopedia that contains a glossary of scientific terms and educational resources in at least five national European languages.
  3. Competitions for European students and their teachers, in which a winning group of students will be able to take part firsthand in polar research in the Arctic.
  4. “Citizen science” environmental monitoring programme: All participating schools in Europe will be invited to take part in a programme to conduct environmental monitoring around their school. The programme will have a web-based portal allowing interested schools to register and submit their data to an open and accessible database. The database can be used as a supplement to science classes, most notably in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.
  5. Teacher workshops and training sessions aimed at giving teachers the right tools to use EDU-ARCTIC resources and become ambassadors of the project in their home countries.