Joint Science Education Project
A core goal of the Polar Environmental Change curriculum is developing student skills to communicate the links between science and the social and political issues of rapid environmental change. For the past four years, graduate and undergraduate student researchers have participated in the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), a program of the Joint Committee, a high-level forum involving the Greenlandic, Danish and U.S. governments that promotes cooperation and interaction between governments, academic and private institutions in the three countries.
Through JSEP, Dartmouth students share their science with high school students and teachers from Greenland, Denmark, and the US at the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and during the Arctic Science Education Week at Summit Station, Greenland. Dartmouth students have also made and distributed tri-lingual education materials for Greenlandic students, given presentations about their research at the Katuaq Cultural Center in Nuuk, been interviewed on Kalaallit Nunaata Radio (KNR) about their work, and led field trips for Greenlandic schools.
Sharing What We Learn
Back in the U.S., Dartmouth students share the results and implications of their projects in Greenland through initiatives including the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering's "Science Day" for local elementary and middle school students. Our students also hold seminars for local residents in Dartmouth's Lifelong Learning Institute, undergraduate students in the Council on Climate Change, and first-year students in the Dickey Center's Great Issues Scholars Program.
Our efforts extend to the local community as well, with students presenting their research from Greenland in local elementary, middle, and high school classrooms and at informal science presentations held at a local restaurant.
We also have a variety of web-based outreach resources/ including a Polar Environmental Change blog, which has over 280 posts and been viewed over 62,000 times. Students contribute observations, descriptions, and stories about their experiences doing research in Greenland and other related activities. They've also created a series of educational videos based on their work in Greenland, as well as short videos about each student's research. The student-produced video "Science in Greenland: It's a Girl Thing" received over 12,000 views and national press attention.
For more information about our outreach activities, contact Lauren Culler, Arctic Postdoctoral Fellow and Outreach Coordinator.