CANDAC (Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change) researchers have teamed up with students and staff at schools in Ontario and Nunavut to launch a new project that encourages young people to become active researchers who monitor atmospheric conditions using scientific instruments at their school. Researchers and students work together to gather, compare and analyse data to better understand the current state of Earth's dynamic atmosphere.
Jonathan Franklin's story about visiting Ataguttaaluk School in Igloolik in early June can be found on the CREATE Arctic Science blog here: http://createarcticscience.wordpress.com/. Thanks for sharing your experience Jon!
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A student at Ataguttaaluk School must have snapped this photo at some point. :)
Today Felicia Kolonjari and I returned to Pickering College to wrap-up the Student-Researchers Atmospheric Collaboration for another year. It was a busy day at Pickering College because the senior kindergarten students had their graduation in the afternoon, and the grade 1 students had their enormous homemade community on display in the old gym.
It was great to see all of the thorough and consistent data collected over the past eight weeks. The kindergartens plotted their temperature data and made a temperature pictograph, while the grade 2s and grade 3s plotted both temperature and wind speed measurements. It was evident that all students really enjoyed the project and look forward to making similar measurements in the future.
Grade 2s and 3s share their guesses of what they think the Nunavut postcard is showing. It is actually a person building an Igloo but is a bit tricky to recognize because the photo was taken from the inside looking out!
Photo credit: Alex Au Yong.
Grade 3 students reveal their temperature and wind speed pictographs they created together using their collected data.