Teachers return today
'I hope a bear doesn't eat you because you are a great teacher', was one of the messages sent to the teachers on the Fuchs Foundation Arctic Expedition's gruelling and exciting journey across the Greenland Ice cap.
Theirs was only one of two expeditions out of ten which has successfully completed the journey from east to west this season.
The teachers were welcomed by their families early this morning and will be returning to their schools at the end of the week. Although they have kept in daily touch with their students through their blogs on www.fuchsfoundation.org and satellite phone, they will be telling their students about their adventures and bringing to them the experience of first hand science carried out under harsh conditions. In addition they will be giving presentations at Wolfson College, Cambridge, on 11th July to an invited audience of scientists, teachers and supporters, giving them the taste of true scientific adventure.
Helena, Nicola, Danny and Andy arrived looking brown and fit but feeling tired after completing up to 50km a day either skiing or driving dog sledges. Their memory of walking into Dog Camp together at the end of their journey of over 350 miles will remain with them for ever, 'The strong sense of purpose of the expedition doesn't just stop when we reached Dog Camp, it continues into the classroom', says Andy Stephenson.
Contact: Ann Fuchs, Fuchs Foundation, 01455 202370, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Hollinger, Humphrey Perkins School, email@example.com
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.
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.
Page last modified: 3rd Jun 2009 - 17:03:33