Alaska PolarTrec program brings teachers to Arctic

Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A program called PolarTrec is taking teachers into the Arctic.

The Fairbanks-based Arctic Research Consortium of the United States runs the program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.

So far, it has sent about 50 mostly middle and high school teachers from across the United States on research trips in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Seventh-grade science teacher Betsy Wilkening of Tucson, Arizona, spent three weeks in Barrow last summer as part of the project.

Wilkening told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner her experience will help her students understand climate change and its effect on the polar areas - a long way from Arizona.

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