The Science Olympiad at Montana State University, November 2010
McMurdo Dry Valleys science was featured during the 25th annual Science Olympiad at Montana State University where over 1000 high school and middle school kids participated in science experiments and competitions. The MSU Sub Zero laboratory was toured by 60 students and ice cores were examined. Trista Vick, MSc student in the Priscu Lab, volunteered as a coach at the Science Olympiad. She helped to organize activities for middle school students in the Montana Science Olympiad competition.
Teacher Resource Fair
Outreach Coordinator Susan Kelly participated in a Teacher Resource Fair at Montana State University and highlighted ice-core classroom activities. Over 50 teachers attended the Fair.
"Science is Cool! Become a Polar Explorer" camp, June 2010
Outreach Coordinator Susan Kelly and graduate students Alex Michaud and Tristy Vick participated in the "Science is Cool! Become a Polar Explorer" camp, a week-long summer camp experience for 20 5th -7th grade students at Montana State University.
Peaks and Potentials Program, June 2010
MSc student Tristy Vick volunteered for the Peaks and Potentials Program. She led activities for 7th grade students to learn about the cryosphere, Antarctic science, and life in the Dry Valleys.
Education Partnership with Crow Indian Reservation
Outreach Coordinator Susan Kelly started a new education partnership with teachers and students on the Crow Indian Reservation (8 teachers and 150 students). This new outreach program was featured in the Bighorn County News and focuses on polar research.
"Biology at the Extremes" talk for 8th grade students, Fall 2010
PhD student Alex Michaud gave a talk entitled "Biology at the Extremes" to 8th grade students at Hardin Middle School, Hardin, MT. This talk incorporated many pictures and discussions of how life persists in the extreme environment of the dry valleys of Antarctica.
"Polar Science Day" at Hardin Intermediate School, Fall 2010
Alex Michaud, a graduate (PhD) student in the Priscu Lab, helped Outreach Coordinator Susan Kelly with a "Polar Science Day" at Hardin Intermediate School where they did hands-on science experiments with 4th grad students. View coverage of this event from the Big Horn County News: http://www.bighorncountynews.com/archive/2010/week%2047/ssstory1.html or in pdf.
Life in Ice documentary, 2002-2003
The Priscu Group, in collaboration with the Big Sky Institute and the MSU Science and Natural History Filmmaking program, produced the teaching video "Living Ice" (filmed during the 2002-2003 Antarctic field season) and synergistic classroom activity for high schools to excite students about microbiology and discovering life in Antarctica. View information about the documentary 'Life in Ice'