Students Chat Live with Mrs. Seff from the Arctic!

Mrs. Seff with the Aurora lights
Mrs. Seff with the Aurora lights
 
Junior high science teacher Mrs. Seff is currently in the Arctic conducting research. Last week, students had the chance to chat live with her and about ten researchers from the ship they are on. Students were able to see pictures on a slide show as Mrs. Seff and her colleagues explained their research. "It was so incredible to hear that over 700 Springs School students had joined us to learn about the teams research!" said Mrs. Seff. "They asked awesome questions and the research team was super excited to have an entire school tune in to learn about their specific research projects!"  Students asked questions including specifics on each area including phytoplankton, zooplankton, Arctic cod fish and beluga whales, as well as asking, "what's it like to live on a ship in the Arctic for almost a month?"
 
"The researchers and I were all packed together in the Research Vessel Sikuliaq's Computer/Electronics room so we could share one phone that linked with the outside world!" explained Mrs. Seff.  "At the time we were still up on the Beaufort Sea so we were still pitching and rolling a bit during the session, but fortunately the weather was pretty calm at that point."  Students were shown a Powerpoint presentation with photos that included facts from their research up to that point. Janet Warburton, a researcher at PolarTREC (on land) was able to show the Powerpoint via a special "ship-to-shore" feed.  Back at Springs School, I.T. teachers John Gibbons and Richard Cintorino helped to make sure that every classroom at school was able to link in to the live feed. 
If anyone would like to sea the slideshow or listen to the live-session it has been published on the PolarTREC website and can be found at the top of the webpage at the following link.  Just click on "PolarConnect Archives site" once you get there!