Researchers

Kristin Laidre

Principal Oceanographer

PSC Department

APL-UW

Assistant Professor, Fisheries

Ignatius Rigor

Senior Principal Research Scientist

PSC Department

APL-UW

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Oceanography

Mike Steele

Senior Principal Oceanographer

PSC Department

APL-UW

Harry Stern

Principal Mathematician

PSC Department

APL-UW

Polar Science Weekend

The scientists can actually engage with the visitors to tell them about their own research and tell them why they think it's exciting. The goals are really to instill an appreciation for science and to make science fun and interesting — to present it in new and refreshing ways that people can understand easily.

And to impart a little bit of basic knowledge about the geography of the polar regions and what is happening currently in the Arctic and Antarctic in terms of climate change.

Polar Science Weekend @ Pacific Science Center

Polar research and technology were presented to thousands of visitors by APL-UW staff during the Polar Science Weekend at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. The goal of is to inspire an appreciation and interest in science through one-on-one, face-to-face interactions between visitors and scientists. Guided by their 'polar passports', over 10,000 visitors learned about the Greenland ice sheet, the diving behavior of narwhals, the difference between sea ice and freshwater ice, how Seagliders work, and much more as they visited dozens of live demonstrations and activities.

The Polar Science Weekend has grown from an annual outreach event to an educational research project funded by NASA, and has become a model for similar activities hosted by the Pacific Science Center. A new program trains scientists and volunteers how to interact with the public and how to design engaging exhibits.

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