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Polar Perspectives

Polar Perspectives was a national educational initiative initiated by the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC) and Students on Ice to celebrate International Polar Year (IPY). Launched on March 1, 2007 (the third) IPY was the largest ever international programme of coordinated scientific research focussed on the polar regions.

Officially IPY ran until March 1, 2009, but some of the results of the polar fieldwork are still being analyzed, and the impacts of the public outreach are enduring.

Polar Perspectives consisted of a national series of lectures across the country by prominent scientists and environmentalists. It also brought youth together in forums at 13 ANHMC sites as well as in PEI and Nunavut. Read more about the programme at http://nature.ca/artc/ipy_api_e.cfm.

On July 31, 2009 five senior educators from ANHMC museums embarked upon an arctic journey with the Students on Ice expedition team.

Watch this video to get a glimpse of their adventure, and find out what polar education means to them.