Tundra Connections: Change the World!

Last week I was in Churchill for the first week of the Polar Bears International® (PBI) Tundra Connections webcasts.  This week, Kyle Schutt, who works closely on our STEM programs like Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, is on Tundra Buggy One moderating the webcasts with a fantastic group of scientists.

This week the focus of the webcasts is on the critical role that sea ice plays in the arctic marine ecosystem and the role that each of us can play in making our world a better place – for humans and polar bears alike.

Wednesday, October 31 at 2:30 ET
Ice Is Nice

Thursday, November 1 at 1:30 ET
Polar Bears in a Warming World

So, I have a two-part challenge for each of you this week.

PART ONE: I strongly encourage you to bring your students to www.polarbearsinternational.org/myplanetmypart on both days to participate.  Information to help you connect can be found at the PBI Tundra Connections Webcast FAQ 2012.

There are also a lot of relevant, inquiry-based resources to help you prepare your students for the content, pre- and post-webcast.  Check out these lessons created by Patti Duncan at: http://depbitundraconnections.wikispaces.com

PART TWO: Take Action!

Our friends at PBI just launched a contest on My Planet, My Part that encourages students to take action today and be an ambassador for polar bears. Upload your stories, photos, and videos of how you’re reducing your carbon footprint at home, school, work, or your community.  The grand prize is a trip for 2 to Churchill, Canada, to see wild polar bears with Frontiers North Tundra Buggy Adventures.

After you and your students have identified ways to reduce your carbon footprint, take it to the next level and participate in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.  The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students.

Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Through March 5, 2013, teams from across the country are challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.

  • Elementary – the focus is change at the classroom or school community level.
  • Middle School – encourages student teams to identify environmental issues of concern and create sustainable, reproducible improvements in their local communities.
  • High School – encourages student teams to identify an environmental issue that has global impact and to provide a viable, replicable solution.