Issue 18

Polar Explorers

Did you know that even after 100 years, debate still surrounds the question of who reached the North Pole first? Or that a 19-year-old Boy Scout accompanied Admiral Richard E. Byrd to the Antarctic in 1928? In this issue, learn about polar explorers, past and present. Incorporating their stories into your curriculum can engage students and meet science, social studies, geography, and literacy standards. From the races to the poles of the past or the robot-assisted expeditions of today, there's always something exciting to discover!

Photo: Will Steger Foundation 2007 Baffin Island Expedition, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. An 3 month dogsled expedition to draw attention to the impact of global warming on the Arctic and the traditional Inuit way of life.