The Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth leads a project funded by the National Science Foundation called Partnerships for polar science education and outreach in Greenland (JSEP) and Antarctica (JASE). This project supports fully-funded opportunities for U.S. high school students and Dartmouth graduate students to travel to the polar regions and participate in hands-on and inquiry-based science activities. The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) takes students to Greenland and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) takes students to Antarctica.

JSEP in greenland

Students and teachers learn together in Greenland. 

Our program aims to 1) inspire and train the next generation of polar and STEM professionals and 2) improve the knowledge and awareness of polar science and its relevance to the world among students and educators. To accomplish this, we build diverse teams of U.S. students and travel with them to participate in polar expeditions.

During JSEP, students spend 3 weeks with Greenlandic and Danish students in Kangerlussuaq and at Summit Station, Greenland to study the causes and consequences of rapid environmental change. For JASE, we take U.S. students to Antarctica to work alongside Chilean students and examine Antarctica's rapidly changing ecosystems. We also develop resources for educators based on the science done during the field expeditions. Dartmouth graduate students receive specific training and attend workshops with teachers to build polar science lesson plans and other outreach material.

JSEP is made possible through collaborations with and additional funding from Naalakkersuisut (the Government of Greenland). JASE is a collaboration with the Institutó Antártica Chileno (INACH), who supports the program in Punta Arenas, Chile, and at Profesor Julio Escudero Base on King George Island, Antarctica.

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