Education & Outreach


The GRate project has an extensive education and outreach program with multiple opportunities for connecting with us! Look through our various programs and check out all of our free resources and materials. If at any time you are interested in more information about how to connect with us please reach out to the education lead on the project via email Margie Turrin,  LDEO, PI ([email protected]). Educational materials that were developed as part of the Snow on Ice project is being updated and extended, and new materials have been developed and are freely available for download at the links provided. Artwork for the Scientists are Superheroes is all original and done by Jeremy Stock, artists and scientist. 

  1. Scientists Are Superheroes was focused on developing curriculum resources for Middle and High School age youth. Each has a set of activities, curriculum with ppt introductions, posters,and superhero cards.
  2. High School Polar Ambassadors Program bring together youth interested in learning and communicating about the importance of understanding the climate messages and connections from our polar regions.
  3. Hands on Science resources are sets of activities and materials for use in afterschool programs, scouts, festivals and fairs, or even in the classroom when introducing new science topics and you need phenomena. 
Marisa with superhero cards

Scientists Are Superheroes Curriculum Resources have been developed and are freely available by download for both Middle School and High Schools students. Each of our superheroes has a special set of super science skills that they share with the students through a set of activities and lessons. The theme for our resources is “How do we know about the past?” which we explore through a range of different proxies. Our superheroes have phenomena activities, curriculuar pieces, superhero postcards that introduce science careers, and posters. All are available from our google folder. We will be expanding these resources fo the GRate project, adding new scientists and their superskills, including looking more into science models and how scientists use and depend on these models in their work to more effectively understand processes and build predictions. Additionally, we will be adding a set of new materials for younger students!

Janice a Polar Ambassador

Polar Climate Ambassadors Program is engaging a group of students from diverse communities and backgrounds with polar science and the GRate project. In collaboration with the GreenDrill project, we are working with high school students to improve their literacy in polar science, climate science and systems science through a combination of resources we developed for the GRate project, as well as these resources they developed themselves to share! We are recruiting students to be part of this polar ambassador community exploring and evaluating existing resources as they advance their own critical questions for exploration. Our ambassadors develop communications to share their findings with their families and peers as they enhance their science communication skills. Students who are interested can work with us remotely during the school year or in person over the summer. Register here to join us! And follow their work

Dynocyst activity

Hands on Science resources have been developed as part of our superhero work. These resources and activities share Greenland science in simple and meaningful ways that work well for all ages. We encourage you to use these resources in a variety of ways! We have tested them with:

  • Students as phenomena to excite them about polar climate science;
  • In festivals and outreach events as a way to engage individuals in the polar regions or climate science;
  • With scouts or afterschool clubs as a way to explore science in a hands on way.
Superhero Science: Remote Fieldwork in Greenland with Nicolás Young

Nicolás Young is one of the GRate project Science Superheroes! He had done extensive work with exposure dating of rocks on the Greenland landscape that have been ‘kissed’ by cosmic rays from outer space causing them to develop an isotopic signature that provides us with a clock that starts when the rock first emerges from under the ice. Here he talks about his fieldwork in Greenland. 

Climate Live K12: Paying Attention to Critical Climate Messages from the Polar Regions

Margie Turrin is Director is Educational Field Programs at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. In this video she shares eight ‘messages’ from the polar regions that tell us about the significant impacts of climate change underway there, and what these changes mean for those of us living in the mid latitudes. She also shares positive actions and collaborations that are unfolding in the polar regions, and ways that we can be part of creating the change that is necessary to address climate change. 

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The GRate project is funded under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs.