The Challenge of Developing Arctic Curriculum for Classroom Use – Connecting Students and Scientists
The Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) is generating collaborative, long-term data sets that have been the focus of several PolarTREC supported expeditions. The DBO is primarily concerned with how Arctic ecosystems are responding to climate-related change, including increasing water temperature and decreasing seasonal ice persistence at specific sites that were selected for high biomass and/or biodiversity. Some of the data sets that are being developed from this observation program are being adapted for use in the classroom through curriculum development, with the objective of connecting students with scientists and the data they collect. This presentation will describe the construction of a new DBO-specific curriculum website, where teachers will have access to individual lessons, video clips, and the opportunity to use the DBO project as a unit that engages students in ecosystem dynamics and climate change science. The data sets will be updated to reflect the most current science to allow students to apply real-world scenarios. The goal of this DBO outreach website is to make Arctic scientists and their research accessible and easy to use for both teachers and students.