The "Flexhibit" is a set of hands-on learning activities, museum-quality banners, and video podcasts for after-school groups or classes. Groups can complete the learning activities in approximately 10 sessions, then use the materials and models to host a public science event—a "flexible exhibit"—that features ANDRILL. Five banners introduce the project’s themes, building knowledge about Antarctica and how and why ANDRILL conducts geologic research there. The learning activities feature physical models that illustrate geologic concepts plus a range of maps and photographs of Antarctica. The video podcasts can be viewed on computers, iPods, or mp3 players. They provide background information for youth activity sessions as well as for attendees at Flexhibit events. The International Polar Year program of the National Science Foundation provides funding for this project. It is a partnership between the University of Nebraska State Museum, TERC, NET, and 4-H youth groups from 22 states.
Nova Join an adventurous Antarctic investigation to detect global climate change!
Is global warming melting Antarctic ice at an unprecedented rate? Will it raise sea levels, flooding the world's coastlines? NET Television and NOVA take you behind-the-scenes as science teams from the United States, New Zealand, Germany and Italy embark on an ambitious International Polar Year (IPY) expedition called ANDRILL. ANDRILL is an international research program conducting geological research in Antarctica by drilling rock cores from the past to project into future climate conditions on Earth. NOVA will follow ANDRILL scientists as they use a state-of-the-art drilling rig to probe deep beneath glacial ice to extract rock cores from the seabed to detect Antarctica's climate past. The documentary will examine how ANDRILL research will test two competing theories about how Antarctica's ice sheets have reacted to past episodes of global warming. The answers ANDRILL finds could be crucial to understanding our planet's future. This NOVA program is funded by the IPY program of the National Science Foundation.