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Catlin Arctic Survey 2010: taking water samples

Putting into practice “working scientifically”, we are running 5 different investigations for each day of XL Catlin Arctic Live which you can run simultaneously in your class. During the event, you can also submit class questions.

The investigations will run twice a-day and each is age differentiated. Each investigation comes with downloadable education resources and student sheets.

Arctic Food Web (ages 6-11) – Friday, 4 May
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This food web activity introduces young people to a range of organisms that they may come across during an Arctic expedition.

Students will be asked to do research using secondary sources and identify, classify and group organisms to build an Arctic food web mobile.

Keeping Warm in the Arctic (ages 7-14) – Monday, 7 May
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Surviving in the extreme conditions of the Arctic is very hard and explorers need a lot of kit to survive. One of the most important properties they are looking for in materials is insulation. In this activity, students will investigate different materials and compare how good they are as insulators.

While waiting to measure and record the results, students will be encouraged to think about how Arctic animals keep warm. They can pretend to be an Arctic animal and find out whether a layer of fat is a way of keeping warm in the Arctic, by trying on a pair of blubber gloves.

Ocean Acidification (ages 9-16) – Tuesday, 8 May
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This investigation aims to show how water becomes more acidic when carbon dioxide is bubbled through it. Thus, it demonstrates the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and a process called ocean acidification, a change in the pH or acidity of the ocean. Students will also observe over time the effects of acid (in this case, vinegar) on shells.

Microplastics Sampling (ages 11-16) – Wednesday, 9 May
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Scientists have already identified microplastics in the Arctic, but how much is there? Students will consider how to answer this question by considering appropriate sampling to conduct a fair test. This activity mirrors scientific investigation of algal content in ice core samples conducted during the Catlin Arctic Survey 2011.

Arctic Ice and Sea Level Rise (ages 7-14) – Thursday 10 May
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A common misconception is that melting sea ice in the Arctic will cause sea levels to rise. This investigation will provide students an opportunity to observe over time how the melting of different types of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic will affect sea level rise.

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