Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


woensdag, juni 25th, 2008

All schools have finished their projects. It is fantastic to see how involved the children and student were. A few examples: and We are now gathering all information and hope to show more about these fantastic schoolprojects soon.

School project

woensdag, juni 4th, 2008

Yesterday I visited group 6/7/8 of OMS Den Dolder. Last month they joined the school project about arctic climate and our expedition. They did a great job. They gave me a presentation about the results of their project. It was great!! They learned so much and the kids taught me some new things about Greenland too. They made a dscn09261.jpgPowerPoint presentation and wall newspapers, wrote stories, had interviews and wrote to the newspaper, made expedition food, examined temperatures, just too much to tell. They even wrote and recorded a commercial about climate change. After school several kids wanted to stay to be dressed as a real explorer. This enthusiasm, that’s why we do it.


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maandag, mei 19th, 2008

As some of you may have seen, the broadcast was not as smooth as supposed, but still we have seen some moving images from Isortoq. The coordinator at the marnix academie, Arie Vonk, was glad with the session, despite the delays in sound and video.

Luckily the chat window worked in correct order, and the team could answer a lot of questions from the kids. On one of the schools, camera teams from both AVRO and the expedition documentary were present. Unfortunately “het jeugdjournaal” decided not to bring this news.

And now the team has completed their last expedition-task it’s only flying and waiting. Lots of waiting maybe, since helicopters on Greenland don’t fly as often as a bus here in Holland…   

Questions & Answers!

woensdag, mei 7th, 2008

In cooperation with the team, the Marnix Academie has been working on a project for elementary school kids. 8 students have subscribed for a project where they will focus on the polar region, Greenland, climate change and more. See the project weblog for more info:

In the past few weeks, the children in their groups have asked questions and the team has answered them all. You can find all questions and answers online (in Dutch), sorted per school:

Have fun reading!


woensdag, april 9th, 2008

“The theme of climate change in general, and this project in particular, not only deserves our support, but above all the support of the future generation!”

Last year we started, in cooperation with students of Marnix Academie/ PABO, an educational program for elementary school children. Now, a few months later the students are ready to work it out and start the project on their training period school. That’s why last week Marnix Academie organized a conference for their students. HIER, IPY and KNMI were there to give the students scientific background and inspiration. The students presented their plans and used the knowledge of everybody present to work out their plans. It was great to see their enthusiasm.

Read and hear more about this (in dutch)

Poisoning the Arctic!

dinsdag, november 27th, 2007

Beautiful GreenlandFar from the industrial word, far from the pollution.
You are thinking: “So far north where the temperature is below freezing and everything is buried in a beautiful pack of snow. That must by the most cleansed place on earth.

The poisoning of the world by pesticides has already dramatically been felt in the Arctic.

It was already know that the animals store the poison in there fat and flesh.
Now I heard last on the radio that it’s also found that the pesticides attached to snow.
All the people who eat the animal’s en melt the snow gets the poison inside his body.
We are only for a sort time there, it will have no effect on us, but the people who life’s there, the Inuit, gets a lot pesticides into there body’s. It will have a devastating effect on there health.

Now there are a lot of countries developing and pumping more greenhouse- and other toxic gasses into the air. In the Arctic will be more and more poisoning.
It is time to take action!
There are a lot of actions that you can take but one is.
Don’t waist energy! Reduce it.

International Polar Year (IPY) supports us

dinsdag, september 18th, 2007

ipyklein.jpgThe Dutch department of the International Polar Year will support us with the development of the educational program. They will help the teachers academy with information and knowledge on polar regions. Besides that, they will try to broaden the educational program  across the rest of the Netherlands.

The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009.

The IPY is organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In order to have full and equal coverage of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-8 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and will involve over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time.

We are very happy with this successful development in the project.