- 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!