Dartmouth has contributed to and developed several initiatives to broaden the impact of JSEP internationally, nationally, and locally.
Reaching beyond the field classroom to communicate with a wider community about the important issues of climate change and polar science is one of the goals of JSEP. As a result, JSEP participants learn to articulate their knowledge, classroom teachers develop educational modules, online resources are made available to anyone, and knowledge is shared with the research community.
Greenland is one of the places most affected by global climate change. While in Greenland, JSEP students not only learn about climate change and polar science, they share what they have learned with the local Greenland community. Students work together—finding creative ways to overcome the challenge of communicating in three languages (Greenlandic, Danish and English)—to develop presentations and exhibits on polar science. In 2015, students set up exhibits in the busy Kangerlussuaq Airport that gave community members and international travelers a glimpse into the JSEP program and the cutting-edge polar science occurring in Greenland. In addition, students explained, in their own words, the independent polar science projects they developed with the help of the JSEP graduate fellows.
K-12 Educator Workshop
Dartmouth hosts an annual one-day, regional polar science workshop in the Fall for K-12 STEM educators who partner with JSEP graduate fellows to develop polar science lessons for high school classrooms. In 2015, twelve teachers and fellows worked together to adapt field-based work into classroom lessons in soil biology, lake ecology, and more.
The outcomes and products from the JSEP program—student projects, graduate training, and lessons developed during the polar science educator workshop—are shared at national meetings. In 2015, JSEP educational sessions are scheduled for the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, November 1-4, and for the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, December 14-18.