The DEN team is again partnering with Polar Bears International for their Tundra Connections program; bringing live, free webcasts from the tundra to your classroom during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba. Soon, I’ll be packing my bags and headed to the Polar Bear Capital of the World. I hope you and your students join us for at least one of our virtual field trips. Register to let us know you’re planning to attend, and receive reminders ahead of time.
OCTOBER 27-31, STEM WEEK FOR STUDENTS & EDUCATORS
Show Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network)
Special Guests: Dr. Seth Stapleton (University of Minnesota); Dr. Tom Smith (Brigham Young University); Jody Reimer (University of Alberta)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 11 a.m. CST
A Virtual Field Trip to the Polar Bear Capital of the World – Join Kyle as he continues his Churchill adventure and learns how different Churchill is from his hometown! Discuss living with polar bears, the Polar Bear Alert program, the Polar Bear Holding Facility, and why there are so many polar bears in this part of the Hudson Bay. Find out if Kyle packed enough warm clothes!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1:30 p.m. CST
Polar Bears from the Air: Drones and Satellites – Does the word “drone” make you think of wildlife research? It should! Polar bear collaring has been used for years to track bears, but now we are taking to the sky to monitor them in lots of different ways. Join our experts in their discussion of how new technologies are becoming an important way to study polar bears on the sea ice.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 12:30 p.m. CST
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Can You Hear? (For Kids, K-2nd grade audience) Who has better hearing: a polar bear or your family dog? From how far away can a polar bear smell a seal? Learn about how a polar bear’s amazing senses help them find food and survive the Arctic winters!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 12 p.m. CST
Polar Bears by the Numbers + Math Challenge – Math sometimes can seem intimidating or even boring, but it doesn’t have to be! Find out how scientists are using math to understand polar bear populations and why math helps us make sense of the world. Help us solve math problems to better understand polar bears!