Science and Adventure Education for Girls
As a Girl Scout, Carrie developed the confidence and drive to pursue her dream of being a Polar Explorer. She is developing an Arctic Scientist scout patch to teach science and outdoor skills. She loves sharing tales from her Arctic and Antarctic adventures with school groups, in person & virtually!
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Carrie credits her formative experiences as a Girl Scout with helping her develop the confidence and drive to pursue big dreams. She had a innate curiosity about the natural world and was drawn to big, outdoor adventures. This led her to traveling to Arctic Alaska after college in pursuit of a degree in Polar Science. The rest is history – Carrie has worked in the Arctic and in Antarctica on research vessels and camping in the interior for 8 years.
Carrie has seen firsthand the disparity in the numbers and treatment of men and women in field science. She is determined to be a force for positive change and tirelessly advocates for changes to make polar science more safe and welcoming for scientists of every gender.
Carrie’s main MOSAiC outreach project is developing an Arctic Scientist scout patch in collaboration with Girl Scout leaders in her home country, the United States. The goal is to teach science and outdoor skills to girls aged 11-16; this demographic is particularly important to reach because it coincides with a self-reported drop in confidence and interest in science.
Carrie also loves sharing tales from her Arctic and Antarctic adventures with school groups, in person & virtually! If you would like to book a free virtual meet and greet with your classroom or organization, reach out to Carrie via her website: carolynnharris.com.
Carrie extracting a sea ice core during the MOSAiC School 2019 (Photo by Carrie Harris).