Science Education Week

Students continue their Arctic science exploration by experiencing science at Summit Station on the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet. They interact with glaciologists, atmospheric scientists, and operations managers, and other experts in polar science. 

Summit Station

JSEP students in front of the main house at Summit Station on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Back lit snow pit

A JSEP student stands in a snow pit on the Greenland Ice Sheet. 

Dartmouth faculty and graduate students with extensive experience in field science in polar regions lead inquiry-based education modules during Science Education Week. Dartmouth educators have a strong working knowledge of science and logistics in Greenland, and they have been deeply engaged in polar research there for many years, including in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, glaciology, and climate science. Their depth of knowledge and innovative teaching experience makes for a fun and informative week.  

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice body in the world after Antarctica. Because of its remoteness, travel to Summit Station on the Greenland Ice Sheet is primarily restricted to scholarly researchers. Because all fuel and supplies are flown in by large cargo planes equipped to land on ice, the Summit community works together to conserve resources.

The JSEP Science Education Week is a rare opportunity for non-researchers to learn first-hand about this unique environment that covers 80% of Greenland and is three times the size of Texas.

greenland map

Quick facts about the Greenland Ice Sheet

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