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The Polar-ICE Project: Using Authentic Polar Data to Teach Data Literacy Skills Across a Variety of Grades and Levels

Authors:

Jennifer Smolyn ,

Jacqueline Katz

Abstract

At Princeton High School, located in Princeton, NJ, we have implemented the Sci I Polar-ICE project at three levels: Biology I In-Class Resource Program (ICRP), Biology I Accelerated, and the Science Research Program (see Hunter-Thomson article for more information on the Sci-I program). It was also used as the basis for a summer science experience for middle school students, focused on building scientific reasoning skills in underrepresented populations. This project allowed students to collaborate with polar scientists, analyzing real-time data (from https://pal.lternet.edu/data) as it was generated in Palmer Station, Antarctica This project was in collaboration with Rutgers University, through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation, and data was collected on students’ perceptions of scientists and the scientific process. The unique nature of having real-time, authentic data available to our students and the flexibility to use it, as deemed appropriate, made this project accessible across a variety of grades and class levels.
How to Cite: Smolyn, J., & Katz, J. (2020). The Polar-ICE Project: Using Authentic Polar Data to Teach Data Literacy Skills Across a Variety of Grades and Levels. Current: The Journal of Marine Education, 34(1), 41–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/cjme.50
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Published on 14 Mar 2020.
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