Polar TREC

Middle school science teacher Bill Schmoker from Boulder, Colorado will be joining the U.S. Arctic GEOTRACES expedition through the National Science Foundation’s Polar TREC program. Polar TREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) integrates K-12 educators with scientists exploring polar regions to bring hands-on field experiences back to the class room. Bill will be documenting his journey on Polar TREC’s website and he’s already posted some great videos from the ship loading in Seattle last month!

The “bubble” is built to create a clean-laboratory environment on a ship filled with metal and dust. Ultra-clean air is pumped into the plastic encasement creating positive pressure that keeps dust and contaminants away from precious samples.


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