The UK Polar Network: An Interactive Journey through UKPN Outreach and Workshops
19 - 23 Jun 2018
The UK Polar Network is the UK branch of APECS, one of our main aims is running education and outreach activities to excite and inspire young people about the Polar Regions. Another main aim is to run workshops and provide networking opportunities for early career researcher's interested in Polar Science. In 2017 the UKPN ran two ECR workshops, which included a session where participants thought up innovative outreach ideas and were awarded funding to the best idea from each workshop. One idea was a soundscape called 'Sounds of Change: Greenland Ice Sheet Melt' to be used in classrooms and outreach activities. A clip of the soundscape will be debuted and discussed during our talk. The UKPN also works with collaborators, such as the International Polar Foundation, using Arctic and Antarctic map continental jigsaw puzzles at science festivals to engage children and the general public. The UKPN also leads the APECS Antarctic flag project in which schoolchildren design a flag for Antarctica, which is then taken to Antarctica by scientists and photographed for the students to see. During this interactive presentation showcase the innovative outreach tools used by the UKPN at a variety of recent events. We will share our experiences on what we believe are effective outreach tools for polar science. We hope to provide others with ideas, as well as begin discussions on the best way to deliver polar science outreach now, and into the future.