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APECS: AntARTica: creative polar science education


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Dia1 optCharlotte Havermans has organized polar science education sessions for secondary school students in a Belgian school (Eerste graad Sint-Jan scholengroep, Diest) during the school year 2012-2013. The aim of her project AntARTica was to increase young students’ awareness of the importance of polar regions. During art classes, students worked every session on a different theme, which was being introduced using a PowerPoint presentation, with pictures and short movies. Students have been acquainted with several general notions about the Arctic and Antarctic, their marine life both in shallow waters and the deep sea, and the consequences of climate change. After each presentation, students created an artwork related to these themes such as graphic arts, paintings, clay and ‘papier-mâché’ works. Since these sessions were organized in the relaxed atmosphere peculiar to art classes, the students could use their creativity and develop their own ideas, which made them feel very enthusiastic and captivated by the magic of the poles. Their work has been presented at an international conference on Antarctic biology in Barcelona. 

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