Announcing Planting AntaRctica in KAnsas (Project PARKA) 2013-14

Project PARKA is an opportunity for 9-12th grade science teachers and students in the greater Topeka, KS area in 2013-14

• Interact face-to-face with oceanographic research scientists!
• Expose your students to the scientific process, critical thinking, and science communication!
• Learn about potential careers in marine science!
• Increase your awareness and understanding of the oceans and climate change!

The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is offering a yearlong marine science program for 9-12th grade science teachers and students in the greater Topeka, KS area. Planting AntaRctica in KAnsas (Project PARKA) will connect teachers and students with research scientists to learn about interdisciplinary oceanographic research taking place on the West Antarctic Peninsula to characterize the connection between ocean chemistry, climate change, and Antarctic food webs.

During the year, students will learn the research mission science through participating in classroom activities (Fall 2013), following mission blogs and talking with scientists at Palmer Station, Antarctica, through Live Video Broadcasts (January 2014), and meeting the research scientists while presenting their own research at a spring Student Research Symposium (May 2014). Teachers will participate in a summer workshop (July 16-17, 2013) to learn about the research science and education project. Participating teachers will be provided a stipend for their involvement, contingent upon completion of all phases of the project.

For additional information and to receive an application, view the attached flyer or contact:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson
Program Coordinator
Phone: 848.932.3281

Deadline for applying is June 15, 2013. The project is limited to 20 teachers.

Pass along this information to any of your colleagues that you think would be interested in participating.

Click here to view the project flyer.

    ** We will be creating the project’s website ( in the coming week. **

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