Over the next two weeks, grade 11 student, Karen Butt, will join ten students and two teachers from across Canada on the CCGS Amundsen, a Coast Guard research icebreaker. This trip is organized by Schools on Board, an outreach program of Arctic Net, a group of scientists and researchers affiliated with Inuit organizations who study the effect of climate change in the Canadian Arctic.
This trip provides participants with a great opportunity to see a part of the world not many people get to see and learn about what it’s like to be working as a research scientist. Karen will write a blog about her experiences during her two weeks on board the Amundsen.
Schools on Board is an outreach program, based out of The Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada). It was developed to bridge Arctic research with science education in high schools across Canada; to increase awareness of issues related to climate change in Canada, and to educate young Canadians about the challenges and career opportunities of Arctic research. The main thrust of the program is the Field Program "on board" the CCGS Amundsen. Schools are given the unique opportunity to send students and teachers to the Arctic, on board the CCGS Amundsen to participate in an educational experience completely integrated into the research activities of the ArcticNet science team (taken from http://www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca/sb/index.php).
Read Karen's blog posts:
Schools on Board: The End of an Extraordinary Experience
Schools on Board: A Warm Welcome in Kugluktuk
Schools on Board: Leaving the Amundsen—by Helicopter!
Schools on Board: Phytoplankton and the Arctic Ecosystem
Schools on Board: Physical Oceanography
Schools on Board: Benthic Ecology
Schools on Board: Marine Mammal Exploration
Schools on Board: Water Sampling in the Arctic
Schools on Board: Hands-On Science
Schools on Board: Life Aboard Ship
Schools On Board: We Finally Arrived!
En Route to Kugluktuk: An Unexpected Canadian Tour
Schools on Board: Eager with Anticipation