New media platforms support education outreach

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By Bill Daehler
Spring 2013

The CReSIS Education Team recently released an animated game and video that teaches kids (and adults) some basic facts about polar science.

“Kids don’t really understand what glaciers are or how they work,” said Cheri Hamilton, CReSIS Education Outreach Coordinator. “So we’re trying to teach kids the basics about snow and ice.”

In “CReSIS: Explore the Poles,” viewers learn about differences and similarities between the Arctic and Antarctic. The video medium is more accessible to a younger audience, making it easier to teach them about polar science. After watching this animation, viewers can then move onto the “Polar Opposites” game to test how much they learned.

Explore the Poles

“Polar Opposites” is a quiz game that asks users to decide if an animal, geographic characteristic, public policy or other fact is about the Arctic, Antarctic or both. The game is intended to teach kids basic facts about polar science by timing how long it takes them to answer a series of question. Each correct answer earns a player one point and each incorrect answer loses a point. There are 24 questions in the game.

Polar Opposites Game

Both the video and game were animated by Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Kuang Chen Hsu, who will also be working on future CReSIS animations. Hamilton said the education team plans for the next animations to be about how radars work—this will teach kids some of the basic principles behind the work of many CReSIS researchers. Expect more animations from the Ed team in the coming months.

“Polar Opposites” was developed with supporting materials from the University of Nebraska State Museum. Follow the link below to play “Polar Opposites” and watch “CReSIS: Explore the Poles.”

Polar Opposites