This lesson is a perfect introduction to the Arctic. It is hosted by Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop who has visited the Arctic seven times (and Antarctica once). He will share some highlights of work and life in the frozen north. Jamie will then work through the ocean and climate activity and explain why changes in the Arctic Ocean critical for climate change. There is also an opportunity to look at aspects of working scientifically. The last section of the lesson will be a chance for students to have their Arctic questions answered.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AXA Arctic Live 2021 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the UK's Arctic Research Station.
If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.
This lesson is based around the Ocean and climate activity from the Frozen Oceans STEAM activity collection. If your children are following live, you will need to gather the activity resources in advance.
Any questions that your children have can be submitted in advance via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile. You will also be able to submit children’s questions via live chat during the live lesson.
1. Introduction (10 mins)
Jamie will open the lesson with a welcome and introduction to the amazing Arctic.
2. Arctic Ocean and climate (5 min)
This section of the lesson covers some background knowledge about the relationship between the Arctic, ocean circulation and climate.
3. Activity time (15 mins)
This is a fun activity that looks at how different types of water behave, and whether they fall or rise. This will show how changes in the Arctic might affect ocean circulation. There will be an opportunity for introducing working scientifically concepts.
4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
After completing the activity, Jamie will answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat.
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