Nomads, our mission is to foster cultural understanding, instill a sense of
environmental responsibility, and create adventurous spirits. We
accomplish this by:
the allure of sled dogs and magic of arctic travel to promote learning
quality, multi disciplinary educational programs that capture the
imagination and fascination of students of all ages
access to advanced interactive telecommunications to inspire a global
exchange of ideas
The Arctic Blast
2001 educational program exists on many different levels.
Teachers, students, and adventurers of all ages can participate in an
arctic expedition. From free access
to the expedition website to a nationally accredited curriculum package to
current issue analysis in Lotus QuickPlace Collaboration Zones, the Arctic Blast
team presents a unique, multifaceted, educational program.
Ideally, we would like
all schools to participate in more than just a “map and follow” activity.
Our curriculum is designed in an easy-to-use format so that teachers can
integrate the expedition’s resources into their classroom experience.
Each week, the weekly topic is introduced and highlighted on the Arctic
Blast website while the expedition team dovetails from the trail, drawing
parallels from the print on paper (or screen) to real life experiences and
current social issues, creating many teachable moments.
Though we encourage involvement in the entire program, the easy and
well-rounded format of each unit gives teachers the ability to use individual
topics as effective lessons.
The complete Arctic
Blast experience includes:
Package – Free to download.
nationally accredited curriculum package contains 16 units and is designed
specifically to compliment the Arctic Blast 2001 expedition.
The reproducible activities in this curriculum package are designed to
immediately engage students in active research, experiments, and other problem
solving activities. Each activity clearly states the learner outcomes and
provides an ample workspace for students.
Classroom – Open for all.
Arctic Blast Web site www.arcticblast.polarhusky.com
is the centerpiece of this year’s online program - merging the expedition,
educational goals, and the needs of your classroom. Within the website, you will
find the who, what, where, when, and why’s of the Arctic Blast expedition as
well as in-depth information on arctic issues that ultimately relate to global
perspectives. Other website highlights include journals, pictures, movie clips,
audio clips, and games which lead students into hands-on activities, both on and
QuickPlace Collaboration Zones – First
1,000 North American schools. Within
the 8 collaboration zones, you and your students can experience REAL online
collaboration. Working with
hundreds of other classrooms across the North American continent and spurred by
fascinating and relevant topics, students are pulled by the polar huskies and
encouraged to tap into their personal thoughts by participating in interactive
activities. Via your normal browser, your classroom will be able to collect and
share documents, participate in moderated chat and explore without the worry of
Don’t surf the
Internet… Dog Sled It! Click any
icon on the front page to learn more about the Arctic Blast expedition.
From Q&A, to interesting surveys, to weekly updates, this website has
all an armchair explorer needs to begin an arctic adventure.
Wondering the who, what, when, and where’s of the Arctic Blast 2001
expedition? Find important
information about Nunavut, the team, and their route.
You may even learn something you never thought possible in “Polar Husky
A to Z.”
Start each week with
an in-depth look at “On the Expedition.”
Easily the most important component of our website, the “weekly topic
and news” merges the expedition, educational goals, and the needs of teachers
in one succinct format. Also,
receive weekly trail updates as well as forms for “trekking with the polar