Edublogging Antarctica

[cross-posted from the edublogs blog, ‘cos it’s important]

On November 3rd 2007, 4 teachers from the UK will be heading off to Antarctica on a scientific expedition.

They will spend four weeks camping in Antarctica, hiking through areas deep in the Antarctic interior that have not previously been subject to scientific research. The expedition has been organised by the Fuchs Foundation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Trans-Antarctic crossing by Sir Vivian Fuchs.

The aim of the expedition is to inpsire pupils to take a greater interest in science, geography and the environment. Whilst on the ice, the teachers will be in daily contact with pupils through the internet. They will send back blogs, images and short video and audio files to enable pupils to ‘virtually’ experience field research in one of the most extreme environments on the planet.

And, yep, they’re doing it with edublogs too! Check out Amy Rogers, a science teacher in Nuneaton, and Ruth Hollinger, is a geography teacher in Sheffield.

Their edublogs to allow pupils to follow their progress through their selection and training and, naturally, they will update these blogs from Antarctica.

Hear more about it in a BBC Coventry radio interview.

Here’s the really important bit though: The teachers are looking for sponsorship as they each need to raise £10,000. If you are interested in donating money or in getting your company logo onto kit that would be visible in images and video footage please contact Dr Amy Rogers, Higham Lane School, Nuneaton:

Or forget the logo, and just help these guys run an amazing online educational experience by contributing or spreading the word to as many people as you can.