Calling Greenland

Students at Humphrey Perkins School are preparing a list of questions for their phone call to Greenland.  They will be speaking to the teachers on the Fuchs Foundation Arctic Expedition while they take a break from their gruelling journey across the ice cap with dog sledges. For Fuchs Scholar, Ruth Hollinger, Head of Humanities, the phone link up on Friday 15th May will bring back memories of her expedition to the Antarctic in 2007 when she spoke to them from the Ellsworth Mountains.
‘We are bringing science alive in the classroom.  The aim of these expeditions is for
science and geography teachers  to  carry out science projects in harsh environments while involving their students in the preparations beforehand, communicating with them through the daily blog on and phone links and creating lesson plans on our return’.
The students who have been working on climate change projects will present some of their work and will hear  from Steve Bull, the Fuchs Foundation’s expedition organiser, all  about the Arctic expedition, showing them the equipment being used and giving them a taster of  the dried food which keeps the team going!.
Humphrey Perkins school is involved in the STEM partnership journalist project and the young reporters  will write up features on the event which will posted on
Contact:   Ann Fuchs, Fuchs Foundation, 01455 202370,
Ruth Hollinger, Humphrey Perkins School,
Editors Notes
This expedition is the second of a series of scientific expeditions to be sent by the Foundation to the Polar Regions; the third is to the Antarctic in 2010.
Fuchs Foundation
It was initially formed by scientists working for the British Antarctic Society (BAS) to mark Sir Vivian Fuchs’s work as the first Director of BAS.  It was to provide education and character training for young people.  In recognition that science and geography are unpopular subjects the Foundation now sends young science and geography teachers to the Polar regions to carry scientific projects which inspires teachers to inspire their students.
STEM Student journalist Project is for 11-22 students who can actively seek out and report on news and features associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  They are registered with the project organizer via their school or college who supervises the submission of reports for publicity purposes.  It was set up and launched in April 2008 by the East Midlands STEM partnership which is funded by the East Midlands Development Agency. 

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