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Research Stations - Antarctica

11-13 yrs old

Climate & Environment

Geography

Technology

Antarctica: why people go there, how it is impacted by climate change, what the environmental characteristics are

avatar Submitted By: Miss E Moore

July 10, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Map of Antarctica

Labels of countries and their research station locations included.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Research and discuss the characteristics of research stations in Antarctica.
  • 2. Research the purposes and histories of selected research stations in Antarctica.
  • 3. Design and build a low environmental-impact research station on Minecraft using the scaled map of Antarctica.

Guiding Ideas

What is the land of Antarctica primarily used for?

What animals inhabit the land?

What are the issues facing Antarctica, its inhabitants and ecosystems?

How do scientists have an impact on the environment in Antarctica?

What are some of the research focuses in Antarctica?

 

Student Activities

- Use online research strategies to identify at least 3 different research stations in Antarctica (the table that is listed on Wikipedia about research stations is a great starting point and is included in the external references). Locate each station on the linked copy of the Antarctica map  (see external references) and discuss with a partner the structural features of each station. Is it a permanent structure or a temporary/seasonal structure?

- Once 3 research stations have been identified and discussed in the pairs/groups, this will serve as a starting point for students to design their own research station that has a low environmental impact and could be moveable. Students need to decide where it will be located and what building materials will be used. Once a design for the building has been created, students then build it on the Minecraft map of Antarctica at the location they have decided on.

- Students need to collect screenshots of their progress constructing their research station and keep this evidence in a word document with a sentence summarising each point in their progress.

- Once the construction is complete, students are to take a final screenshot and upload it in a separate word document for publishing to either their Google Classroom page or a class blog, including the name of their station and a description entailing its purpose.

Performance Expectations

1. Students use appropriate research sources and strategies for conducting investigations into Antarctica's research stations.

2. Students use the labelled map of Antarctica in an appropriate manner to locate and identify research stations, as well as the location where they want to build their own.

3. Students can check their building against their map of Antarctica and pinpoint its location.

4. Students can describe the impact of their chosen research structure on the surrounding environment and animal populations.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Map of Antarctica

Labels of countries and their research station locations included.