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Arctic research at FortWhyte Alive

March 5, 2015 — 

On Friday, March 6, students and educators from schools across Manitoba will arrive at FortWhyte Alive (FWA) to partake in the 2015 Arctic Science Day.

Building on a strong collaboration between FWA and the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Earth Observation Sciences and Schools on Board-ArcticNet, this event introduces students and educators to the science behind climate change research in the Arctic. Roughly 200 junior high and high school participants from 10-15 schools will experience fieldwork activities both inside and outside in simulated Arctic conditions.

Scientists from the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Earth Observation Sciences will lead hands-on learning, sharing their knowledge and experience, while giving participants the opportunity to get in touch with the realities of doing research in the North and how scientists are working to understand the impacts of climate change.

Stations spread out over FortWhyte’s campus will cover a variety of different topics, ranging from ice and snow sampling to meteorology, marine and fish biology, to name a few.

This unique educational symposium continues to be a highly motivating experience for everyone involved, broadening participant’s perspectives on what it means to be a scientist in the face of rapid global climate change.

For more information and photo opportunities, please contact Kristin McPherson, Communications Manager, FortWhyte Alive, 204-989-8362 or kmcpherson@fortwhyte.

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