PEI's Role in Developing Polar Resource Book Online

Educators now find themselves on the front lines of global change. As the realization spreads across our younger generation that climate change is an existential risk, not only are teachers tasked with building students' background knowledge and understanding about climate science, but they also are also expected to help students develop the skills required to transfer knowledge into action. In addition to that challenge, many learning institutions do not have required climate literacy standards to guide educators on their mission and curricula are slow to change. Often resources to train educators are often non-existent.

There is some good news for educators interested in our changing world though. The polar regions, besides being where cutting-edge climate change research is happening, are also places of extreme remoteness, great mystery and intrinsic interest to most people, thus providing an effective "hook” or entry point, to engage students in global change science topics.

An updated version of this valuable Polar Resource Book is a much-needed tool for teachers worldwide, both as a resource that provides educators with background knowledge on a wealth of different research topics, but also for the activities, labs and resources to help in teaching important science concepts.

Through its engaging education activities developed by educators in partnership with polar researchers the Polar Resource Book provides polar science and climate research in an accessible, ready-to-use format for classroom teachers and informal educators in museums and community settings, scientists and science communicators, community leaders and policy-makers.

The Polar Resource Book provides specific suggestions for how to share polar research with a wide variety of non-science audiences in formal and informal education settings. Labs and activities are provided for educators to use across diverse subject areas, allowing for cross-curricular integration and with a wide age range of learners. Activities meet different science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) teaching objectives, and standards can be readily matched to specific requirements in most school settings.

The highly engaging hands-on, inquiry-based activities were written for educators by educators, vetted by scientists and used worldwide.