In alignment with their in-depth study of Antarctica, LE students were able to speak with geologist Joe Levy, via Skype in our theater. Joe has spent more than a decade conducting research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Largely snow- and ice- free, this area holds important clues about the rate of glacier melt and landscape change.
The Skype session was set up as a Question and Answer format. The children prepared questions beforehand, based on their previous Antarctic research. A few children were chosen to ask the questions, on behalf of their class. The children were able to show how much they already knew about Antarctica from the questions they posed.
These questions ranged from, “Can you tell us about how you prepared for the time you spent in Antarctica? Did you take a survival course, bring special gear or clothes?” to “We understand that sled dogs are now banned in Antarctica. Were you there before they were banned? If so, can you tell us more about how they were used?”
The children were inspired by this conversation and saw how technology can be used to support an educational experience. If you would like to know more about the work that Joe Levy does, you may access his information at http://www.colddirt.org/.