Polar Science 2006

Welcome to Polar Science 2006

Journey to Antarctica with Dr. Shane Kanatous to investigate the unique adaptations that allow young Weddell seal pups to develop into elite divers.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Yes I Can! Science family and participating schools to join us on our Antarctic expedition. We are all very excited to have you along as we try to answer the question how do the skeletal muscles of seals develop to work during diving even when the animal is not breathing. We believe the answers to this question may have tremendous implications for human medicine. By understanding how another mammal has successfully overcome the debilitating effects of working under low oxygen conditions, we may be able to learn new therapeutic approaches to assist humans with heart or lung disease.
Weddell seals at ice hole We are very excited about the upcoming expedition. This year we have added something new to the project;

The Ice Team led by myself (other members: Dr. Stephen J. Trumble, Dr. Shawn R. Noren, Jay W. Davis, and Linnea Pearson) will be performing the field research, analysis and collecting samples from McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The Lab Team, led by Dr. Thomas Hawke (other members: Peter Jaksa, Jesse Wolfstadt, and Sophia Kapchinsky), will be performing experiments and analyzing samples in his lab at York University in Toronto. The Teams will be in constant communication via email and web logs (that you will get to look in on!). This is a great opportunity to see how research is conducted and you will get the chance to see discoveries made in real-time!!

Please join us and follow along on what we believe will be an extremely productive and fun season on the ice and in the lab!

Shane B. Kanatous, Ph.D.
Department of Biology, Colorado State University

This collaboration is brought to you free of charge by the McMaster University YES I Can! Science Project
in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and
the Biology Department of Colorado State University
YES I Can! Science Real-time Science Events are proudly supported by Dow Chemical Canada Inc.

There are currently 933 people in 50 teams working on this project.

This project runs from September 15, 2006 to June 30, 2007. Registration for this project is closed.

This project is suitable for students from Grade 4 to Grade 12.

Recent News

Polar Science 2006 Wins Edublog Award

Posted: Mon Dec 18 17:26:24 2006

We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Polar Science has received an International Edublog Award! This year's award is for "Best Group Blog". We would like to congratulate all of our Polar Science teams on your hard work in keeping up with the reports, answering challenge questions, asking your own questions and communicating the results of your work in your own classrooms. Your work is being shown to schools around the world as an exemplar of how communication technologies should be used in schools! Give yourselves a big pat on the back! We hardly know where to begin to thank our scientists, the Ice Team and the Lab Team! Dr. Kanatous, Dr. Noren, Dr. Trumble, Linnea Pearson, Jay Davis, Dr. Hawke, Peter Jaksa, Sophia Kapchinsky and Jesse Wolfstadt, we are very appreciative of the time you took away from your work to share your experiences and expertise with us! Your reports and blogs gave us valuable information about your research and gave us a first-hand look at what it's like to be a researcher. I know it has been difficult to write your reports so that they are scientifically accurate but still accessible to a multi-age audience. You've all done a fantastic job! We would also like to thank our sponsors Dow Chemical Canada Inc. and the EnCana Corporation, without whose generous support the McMaster University YES I Can! Science Project would not be able to offer projects such as Polar Science at no cost to schools.

2006 Edublog Nomination

Posted: Fri Dec 15 19:21:28 2006

We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Polar Science has received the honour of being nominated for an Edublog Award! (Last year we won the award for "Best example/ case study of use of weblogs within teaching and learning".) This year we have been nominated for "Best Group Blog". Visit the Edublog Award site, http://incsub.org/awards/, and check out the nominees. You'll see what an honour it is to be included in the group. Hats off to all the Polar Science bloggers...you've done an amazing job learning with and from each other! If you've enjoyed writing and reading our blogs, why not cast your vote for Polar Science! Voting ends midnight GMT Saturday 16 December 2006.

Field Season is Wrapping Up

Posted: Thu Nov 30 19:21:08 2006

We're coming to the end of another successful field season for the Ice Team. They were able to successfully sample 15 adult, 6 juvenile and 10 Weddell seal pups. The Ice Team has packed up and are now making their way home.

Registration is now closed

Posted: Wed Nov 1 07:02:05 2006

Thanks everyone for your enthusiastic response to this year's Polar Science Project! We have over 100 schools registered with about half of those actively participating online, while the other half are following along closely in their own classrooms. There's one month left on the ice for Dr. Kanatous and his team. We've closed registration at this time, but you can still follow all the reports and team blogs without registering. If you have a question you would like to ask either the Ice Team or the Lab team, and you are not registered, send it to support@yesican-science.ca and we'll post it for you.

Ready to start!

Posted: Thu Oct 5 12:15:30 2006

We have almost 100 teams registered to follow this year's Polar Science expedition, with a third of those classes now actively participating online! There is still time to register and get your team set up before we start receiving the weekly updates from the "Ice" team. Dr. Kanatous and his team are in New Zealand, waiting for the weather to clear to make the last leg of their journey to Antarctica. Register your class today!

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