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General Information

Exploring Arctic Sciences

As evidence supporting global climate change grows, and more immediate impacts of a warming Arctic are experienced by communities in the North, Canadian politicians and researchers are joining forces in their commitments to gain a better understanding of the potential consequences of climate change in the Arctic, for Canadians and the broader global community. Recent government funding for Canada’s own “state-of-the-art” research icebreaker — CCGS Amundsen — and the newest Network of Canadian Centers of Excellence – ArcticNet – provide Canada’s leading Arctic scientists with both a platform and a research infrastructure for examining both environmental and social impacts of global warming on the Arctic.

ArcticNet is a network that brings together the best scientists and managers in Canada and abroad to help Canada face the challenges raised by a warming Arctic. By involving graduate students, northern communities, and high schools, ArcticNet provides a unique environment for the training of the next generation of scientists urgently needed to ensure the stewardship of a new Canadian Arctic.

Schools on Board is an outreach program of ArcticNet based out of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada). It was developed to bridge Arctic research with science education in high schools across Canada; to increase awareness of issues related to climate change in Canada, and to excite young Canadians about the challenges and career opportunities of Arctic research. At the core of the program is the Arctic Field Program "on board" the CCGS Amundsen. Schools are given the unique opportunity to send students and teachers to the Arctic on board the CCGS Amundsen to participate in an educational experience completely integrated into the research activities of the ArcticNet science team.

Schools on Board  Click here to view a map of the canadian distribution of participating schools.

Components of the program include:

Field programs

Arctic Field Program – (on board the CCGS Amundsen)

Each year, a team of high school students and teachers are selected from across Canada to participate in an ArcticNet research program on board the CCGS Amundsen. This national field program exposes participants to the research objectives and methods of numerous science teams representing a number of research disciplines from institutions across Canada. While on board, participants are completely integrated with sampling operations conducted on the ship, providing a unique, authentic learning experience.

Highlights include:

Schools on Tundra - Subarctic Field Program

Building on the success of the ship-based field program, Schools on Board partnered with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) and Parks Canada to pilot this subarctic terrestrial based outreach program in the winter of 2013. Similar to the ship-based program, Schools on Tundra takes a small team of high school students and teachers from across Canada to Churchill, MB. Participants work with scientists to conduct field and lab work and also learn about their research through lectures and workshops.

The CNSC is an ideal location as it hosts scientists studying a diverse range of topics. It is also ideally situated in an area that is a complex of biomes including marine, northern boreal forest, and tundra.

Highlights include:

In order to participate in our field programs, schools must submit an application. Schools are awarded a space in the program based on the strength of their application. Once awarded a space, the school then selects a student to represent them in the program.

Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum

The Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum (ACCYF) is a youth oriented, daylong conference devoted to raising awareness of climate change and ongoing research in Canada's Arctic. The conference is held in conjunction with a scientific meeting and features keynote speakers and presentations from scientists in the forefront of Arctic research. An ACCYF is co-hosted with a high school, and aims to bridge Arctic science with science education. More info here.

Arctic Science Days

Arctic Science Day focusses on bringing Arctic scientists together with high school students in an outdoor learning environment. Scientists demonstrate and involve students in sampling techniques while communicating the importance of conducting research in the Arctic. Students are introduced to different aspects of Arctic research and may include the following themes:

This model for communicating science is being promoted through the ArcticNet Student Association as a ‘best practice’ for connecting scientific research to science education through simulated field experiences.

 

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