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Hot Times in Cold Places: The Hidden World of Permafrost

NSF Awards: 1423587, 1423550

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Informal / multi-age

Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost is part of a collaborative research project led by teams at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).Our project engages the public in the nature and prevalence of permafrost, its scale on the earth, and the important role it plays in the global climate. It builds on 50 years of informal education and outreach at the Alaskan Permafrost Tunnel, the Nation's only underground facility for research related to permafrost and climate. To bring this story to North American audiences, OMSI and UAF created Under the Arctic, 2,000 square foot interactive traveling exhibition that explores the big idea “Thawing permafrost disrupts Arctic landscapes and our global climate.” Visitors enter a replica of the Alaskan research tunnel, examine ice age fossils, and engage in activities about Arctic research and resilience. Our project also has a research component that investigates the broad question “What is the power of a real object?” We are using ethnographic methods to study learning using real, replicated, and virtual objects. Visitors to the permafrost tunnel in Fairbanks and to the exhibition at OMSI are participants in the study.

 

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