About the Expeditions
Each expedition will have approximately 80 participating youth, and 35 polar scientists, experts, and educators. Participating youth will be between the ages of 14-19 yrs. old, and there are also a number of positions available on each expedition for University students. The goal is to have youth participating from countries all around the world.
Students will participate in a world-class, multi-disciplinary education and research program prior to and during each expedition. The education program will weave together elements of experiential, expeditionary, and problem-based learning, and will focus on critical dialogue and leadership development skills that engage youth with the challenges and opportunities of this century. Lectures, workshops, and hands-on research activities will focus on subjects such as marine biology, glaciology, geology, earth sciences, environmental issues, deep ecology, politics, polar history, culture, flora and fauna, oceanography, sustainable development, traditional knowledge, art, applied technology, and much more. Some of the scientific/education team will conduct hands-on science activities with the students as part of their ongoing research projects. In some cases, these will be IPY related science activities.
Youth forums, student-led action groups, and inter-generational mentoring are examples of other learning formats that will be incorporated.
The educational benefits of SOI-IPY will be shared with thousands of youth and the general public around the world via live video-conferencing, the SOI-IPY website, presentations, media attention and conferences. Partnerships with schools and other educational organizations will bring the SOI-IPY directly to classrooms around the world.