PolarTREC–a program of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS)–is a professional development program for educators, which pairs teachers with researchers to improve science education through authentic polar research experiences. The program integrates research and education to produce a legacy of long-term teacher-researcher collaborations, improved teacher content knowledge and instructional practices, and broad public interest and engagement in polar science.
PolarTREC teachers will spend two to eight weeks in the Arctic or Antarctic, working closely with researchers in the field as an integral part of the science team. PolarTREC teachers and researchers will be matched based on similar goals and interests, and teachers will be trained to meet the program requirements prior to the field season. While in the field, teachers and researchers will communicate extensively with their colleagues, communities, and students of all ages across the globe, using a variety of tools including online journals, photos, other multimedia, and web-based seminars.
Teachers and research projects will be selected and matched to fill the approximately 12 openings available. All major expenses associated with teacher participation in PolarTREC field experiences are covered by the program and program partners, including transportation to and from the field site, food, lodging, and substitute teacher costs.
PolarTREC is funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs.
The application period for researchers to apply to participate in PolarTREC begins on Monday, 1 August 2011 and ends Friday, 30 September 2011. Researchers are invited to submit an application to host a PolarTREC teacher during the 2012 (usually Arctic) or 2012-2013 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.
A one-hour informational webinar will be held specifically for researchers interested in hosting a PolarTREC teacher on their polar research project on Thursday, 18 August 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time. Register for the event.