The ship-based journey will explore southern South America, the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding Southern Ocean. It will involve 55 students, aged 14-20, as well as an international team of staff, consisting of 30 scientists, historians, artists, explorers, authors, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts. The expedition will include northern aboriginal youth, as well as participants from Argentina, Australia, China, France, Germany, Guyana, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Palestine, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and every region of Canada.
While on the expedition, participants will encounter wildlife, including whales, seals, penguins and other seabirds; visit scientific research stations; learn about the effects of climate change on Antarctic and global ecosystems; consider scientific and other knowledge system perspectives; and participate in interdisciplinary 'hands-on' educational and research activities.
Every day of the expedition will be inspiring and different from the last. Activities include shore landings, hikes, station visits, Zodiac cruises, and ship-based exploration. The education program will involve presentations, workshops, seminars, small group discussions and much, much more!
The main themes of the expedition include:
• It is a critical point in the Earth’s history. Together, we will develop the knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices needed to be effective Polar Ambassadors and environmentally responsible citizens.
• Youth have a key role to play in shaping the world of today and the world of tomorrow.
Youth make a difference!
• We are part of Nature. Our future is tightly linked to biodiversity – the huge variety of other animals and plants, the places they live and their environments, all over the world.
Students on the expedition will explore:
i) The Antarctic and its relationship with the global ecosystem
ii) The interconnection of natural and human created systems and how these systems interact with each other
iii) Fundamental connections humans have to each other and the planet through our relationships to the land and other species, and our interaction with all living things
iv) Human and scientific dimensions of environmental issues
v) The importance of environmental factors to human well-being
vii) International Year of Youth and International Year of Biodiversity priorities
vii) International Polar Year priorities and legacy projects including the IPY 2012 Conference From Knowledge to Action
This expedition is a unique opportunity for participating youth to expand their knowledge of the Antarctic and to gain new global perspective of the planet, its wonders, and its present and future challenges.
Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. Our mandate is to provide students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.
This year marks SOI’s 10th anniversary! Since 2000, SOI has taken more than 1,500 high school and university students, scientists and educators to the Arctic and Antarctic from over 40 countries on these unique expeditions.
For those interested in joining an upcoming Students on Ice Arctic or Antarctic expedition, please visit our main website or contact our office.