Students learn about and participate in polar science alongside researchers and teachers at field stations around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, a rural region with limited amenities. Participants live in dormitory style housing and share in cooking and cleaning responsibilities. The Field School is led by Greenland and supported by the government.
Joint Science Education Project
Through a grant to the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth, the National Science Foundation supports two opportunities for US high school 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.
During the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), students and teachers from the US, Denmark, and Greenland come together to learn about the research conducted in Greenland and the logistics involved in supporting it. JSEP has two educational units. Dartmouth faculty and graduate students work closely with the Greenland government funded Kangerlussuaq Science Field School. Dartmouth has primary responsibility for the Science Education Week portion of JSEP.
Students continue their Arctic science exploration by traveling to and experiencing science at the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet, a very remote site where all supplies including fuel are flown in by cargo planes. The entire community works together to conserve all of the resources and living conditions are similar to a camping environment. The ice sheet experience is led by the US.