This passing school year has been very intense, challenging and brought us lots of satisfaction.
We would like to thank you all for being so active. We have accomplished a lot: online lessons, gained new participants and developed new activities, including our Monitoring System App – remember, students can report from any location and during the summer holiday!
Here is a little summary of the past school years Edu-Arctic activites and accomplishments:
The best is yet to come – we have lots of interesting and exciting plans for the next school year.
Enjoy the SUMMER and the HOLIDAYS. Looking very much forward to seeing you in September!
- Arctic Competition results: record interest, brilliant ideas!
- Monitoring system mobile app available for public
- New online lessons
- A little gift for our active schools
Arctic Competition results: record interest, brilliant ideas!
We’ve announced the six winning teams of the second edition of the Arctic Competition. What a race! It was extremely difficult to choose the best participants, as 160 school teams from 19 countries entered the competition. 12 best projects from Greece, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Faroe Islands and Russia were invited for the final stage – online interviews with international jury.
The prize for the winners is to become Arctic explorers on a 2-week-long adventurous Arctic Expedition in August to either Hornsund in Svalbard or to Svanhovd in Northern Norway.
Our brilliant winners are:
- Judith Plaza Ortuño and Jordi Escofet Miró from Terrassa in Spain
- Glyceria Mpouki and Stelios Anastassopoulos from Karditsa in Greece
- Kacper Markiewicz and Eliza Golańska from Oława in Poland
- Triantafyllia Vaiopoulou and Stelios Anastassopoulos from Karditsa in Greece
- Pablo Gómez Toribio and Francisco José Gómez-Senent from Orihuela in Spain
- Javier Sánchez-Bonilla Martínez and Jose Francisco Romero Garcia from Pozuelo De Alarcon in Spain.
Monitoring system mobile app available for public
We’ve completed testing phase of our mobile app dedicated to EDU-ARCTIC monitoring system. Now it’s officially available for the public. Do not miss it in GOOGLE PLAY.
Remember, both teachers and students can use it; students can also win great prizes. Collect EDU-COINS, send us photos and share your thoughts!
New online lessons
Visit Polish Polar Station Hornsund and learn all about Day vs night in the Arctic, see Iceland – the land of air and water, meet The Arctic-people’s land, explore the world of Volcanoes and humans. Check, if geoparks may contribute to nature conservation, and find more about the Polar Explorer Day.
Finally, listen to our special guest scientist talking about Snowball Earth.
A little gift for our active schools
The end of second school year with EDU-ARCTIC project is approaching. It’s high time you show off a little – we prepared a special POSTER (A3 format) for you to downloaad, print and display in your school or/and classroom.
NOTE that by sending us photo you agree that it’s posted on our website/social media, with recognizable images of persons on photo!
Why use games in a classroom?
For many reasons! Because it’s fun, engaging and very efficient. While playing games, students develop a variety of connections with the content and form positive memories of learning. However, it can be sometimes quite difficult to implement game-based learning and ‘gamification’ techniques to the everyday teaching.
This is why we launched a whole new category on Polarpedia – Games and Quizzes. Here you can find a variety of activities: online games (crosswords, matching games, wordsearch), quizzes (kahoot etc.), worksheets related to EDU-ARCTIC lessons, experiment scenarios, boardgames, quests and mobile apps.
Most of them are available in English, some are in Polish, Russian, Italian. This cathegory will be developed constantly.
So engage your students, play, print, download and install – enjoy our ready to use, Arctic-related resources.
- New lessons, new topics, new ideas
- Share your EDU-ARCTIC story and become the Feature Of The Week
- EDU-ARCTIC and STEM discovery Week
- Happy Easter and have a nice spring break!
1. New lessons, new topics, new ideas
Learn all about ocean currents, visit Saami people, find out where does mercury and lead come from. Meet Tardigrades-ultimate survivors. Join us in time-travel to pay a visit to Pleistocene megafauna. Get familiar with Arctic hydrology, enter the world of volcanoes and face challenges of settlements in Svalbard.
Remember you can get an overview of lessons in our calendar.
2. Share your EDU-ARCTIC story and become the Feature Of The Week
Are you an active EDU-ARCTIC teacher?
Do your students participate in online lessons? Are some of them “KAHOOT MASTERS?”
Do you use Polarpedia to create your own materials?
Tell us your story! We would like to share teachers’ feedback on the EDU-ARCTIC website. Send us your experience, photos from the classroom and of your students and your ideas on using the project in your school practice.
We will select good contributions and publish the FEATURE OF THE WEEK on our main website!
3. EDU-ARCTIC and STEM discovery Week
We are happy to announce that we support STEM DISCOVERY WEEK 2018 (23-29 April 2018), a joint international initiative that invites projects, organisations and schools across Europe and around the world, to celebrate careers and studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). SAY YES TO STEM, join an initiative, participate in science-fun events!
4. Happy Easter and have a nice spring break!
Long –awaited springtime has arrived! It’s a great moment for you and your students to become a part of Monitoring System and submit weekly reports with the use of our MOBILE APP. And, as Easter is approaching, EDU-ARCTIC team would like to wish you a great family time.
Let this Spring bring new joy, hope and energy to every single one of you.
All the best!
- Brand new EDU-ARCTIC Monitoring system MOBILE APP!!!
- Arctic Competition: record interest and first results
- Enrol for new lessons
- Polarpedia in progress
1. Brand NEW Monitoring system MOBILE APP!!!
During EDUCATORS’ FORA teachers shared their ideas how to engage pupils and make them more active. We are proud and excited to announce our MONITORING SYSTEM MOBILE APPLICATION is ready for downloading on smartphones/tablets. Both registered teachers and other users are welcome to use it. You will be able to add photos from your observations and submit reports directly from you mobile device or on portal, as before. However the main idea is to encourage STUDENTS to report from their locations (home, during holidays etc.). They will be able to add photos, gain EDU-COINS, and exchange them for unique prizes: backpacks, photo albums, jigsaws, magnets, wallpapers. Encourage your students to use it – and participate in test phase till the end of February.
Please note that, as was also suggested during EDUCATORS’ FORA, we added 2 new plants for reporting, more suitable for southern regions of Europe: dandelion and black alder.
2. Arctic Competition: record interest and first results
On Friday 2nd February, the EDU-ARCTIC Consortium closed the first stage of the Arctic Competition. In total 160 teams from many countries in Europe and across the world submitted projects for the competition. A dedicated jury evaluated all these projects in order to find the 50 projects that will continue to stage 2 of the competition. The selected projects were prepared in 13 countries (Belgium, Faroe Islands, Germany, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom). At the second stage, full projects will be evaluated on originality of the concept, clear description and feasibility. Best 12 teams will be invited to online interviews.
For more guidance on preparation of full project, see news on our website.
3. Enrol for our new lessons
We’re repeating some very popular lessons: Tsunami risk in the North Atlantic Ocean (7.02), Birth and death of an ocean (7.02), 130.000 years of climate change in Borðoyavík, Faroe Islands (9.02), Adaptations of Arctic mammals to a life on the edge (9.02).
You can also find out if we’re on the edge of Sixth Mass Extinction (13.02), learn the secrets of Arctic Plankton (21.02), swim along Ocean Currents (7.03), find out if living is toxic (15.03), join a wonderful journey of Great Migrations (16.03).
On your special request we also repeat the lesson about Northern lights (26.02).
As you know we introduced some limitations in enrolling for online lessons in order to maximize their availability for all the teachers. However, some of you mentioned that 3 lessons available for enrolments are not enough. For your comfort, we changed that; now you can be enrolled for 5 lessons at the same time. We hope it will be more comfortable and will allow you to plan your activities in advance.
Remember you can get an overview of lessons in our calendar.
4. Polarpedia in progress
We already have 285 polar and STEM-related terms on Polarpedia. Learn why smoltification is such an exquisite process, what is the role of cryptochromes or what is the difference between convergent and divergent plate boundary.
Did you know that for now there are almost 20 teachers contributing to Polarpedia? They are translating Polarpedia terms into Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Macedonian, Romanian and Serbian. Some are engaging their students too.
- 3…2…1… Arctic Competition – due date is approaching!
- Check out our new leaderboards
- Enrol for new lessons
- EDU-ARCTIC as a good practice: meeting in Brussels
1. 3…2…1… Arctic Competition – due date is approaching!
It’s a last minute call for those who would like to experience a life-time northern adventure this summer. Till 19th January 12:00 UTC SUMMARY of research or innovative project related to the Arctic needs to be submitted. You will receive 50 EDU-POINTS for submitting one or more summaries. If your students are fascinated by disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, it’s high time to encourage them to take another step for their future scientific career!
Read more information about rules of 2nd edition of Arctic Competition.
Remember, in the first stage of the Competition, you submit only summary, not the whole project. If you want to find out, how to prepare good summary, READ OUR SUGGESTIONS.
Are you looking for inspiration? Read more about winners of 1st edition. Meet Angelica, Jan, Łukasz, Julia, Vassiliki, Aleksandra and learn all about their projects.
Are you wondering what can be measured on a polar station? Would you like to have a look inside the stations and find out what kind of research is conducted there?
Enrol for online lessons from Svalbard (Inside Polish Polar Station) and Svanhovd (Research station Svanhovd: living and doing research in the far north)
What’s it like to win? Watch TRAVELOGUE from expedition to Faroe Islands in August 2017.
Good luck, everyone!
2. Check out our new leaderboards
Check out our new leaderboards. From now on, we have overall project leaderboard, results from 2017 and new leaderboard 2018 – this way also new teachers will be able to compete and become visible in TOP 5 lists.
To sum up 2017:
CONGRATULATIONS TOP 5 countries: Poland, Albania, Romania, Greece and Serbia!
Special thanks to our most active teachers: Alketa from Vlo (Albania), Beata from Słupsk (Poland), Aleksandra from Pobiedziska (Poland), Ehsen from Shkoder (Albania), Emilia from Poznan (Poland). Thank you for being with us!
Within 2 weeks, 20 teachers with the highest EDU-GAME results in 2017 will receive individual certificates.
Want to get extra EDU-POINTS? Participate in online lessons, submit monitoring reports on regular basis, fill in surveys, translate POLARPEDIA terms and disseminate EDU-ARCTIC project! Let the 2018 EDU-GAME begin!
3. Enrol for new lessons
With new year we have new topics: why is Lidar so important for human lives, join Ernest Shackleton in Imperial Transantarctic Expedition, visit the Inside Polish Polar Station, Research Station Svanhovd and Iceland – the land of air and water, follow The Great Migrations, get familiar with Weirdest Arctic animals and Pleistocene Megafauna, learn all about Tsunami risk in the North Atlantic Ocean, witness Birth and death of an ocean and 130 000 years of climate change, enter the fascinating world of Saami people.
We specially recommend a unique, one-off webinar delivered by guest scientist:
If you speak or learn Russian – join Belgian Antarctic Expedition (Бельгийская антарктическая экспедиция).
4. EDU-ARCTIC as a good practice: meeting in Brussels
This January, a very special event takes place. EDU-ARCTIC project has been invited to Brussels for a matchmaking event Science with and for Society Programme beyond H2020, as one of 2 good practice examples among many SWAFS projects. We’ll be able to share our experience on project implementation. It’s a great honor and pleasure. Keep fingers crossed on 29th January!