Date of Event: December 8th, 2013
Location: San Francisco, USA
Number of participants: ~450 participants
Event Summary: Polar Educators International (PEI) and the Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Research Centre (ARC) teamed up this year to host a booth at the Exploration Station. This informal public science event is hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) as part of the annual AGU Fall Meeting, and provides an opportunity for the San Francisco public to engage with several scientists attending the meeting. The PEI/ARC booth was part of a ‘Polar Corner’, which included booths from Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). Several members of PEI helped to engage children and adults in a polar match game, teach about the different flora and fauna that reside in the Arctic and Antarctic, and get kids dressed up in bulky Emergency Cold Weather (ECW) gear. Several kids spent over 20 minutes with us shaping different polar animals out of Play-Doh, despite stiff competition with NASA launching paper rockets and numerous other fun science activities!
Thank you to all of the PEI members who helped to make the Exploration Station a success. Through this event we gained several news PEI members and helped spread the word about this new and exciting organization.