Mission Antarctica: Interactions between students and scientists

Mission Antarctica: Dr Grzymski Chats with Dilworth Middle School

Researchers in Antarctica with the Desert Research Institute partnered with Dilworth Middle School in Sparks to make science class a lot more engaging. Technology allows cheaper interactions between students and the real world.


KTVN CBS2 October 14, 2011

News Anchor: In school watch tonight, one school has found a pretty rare and unique opportunity to gets its students interested in science. It involves technology, a local professor, and a research facility on the other side of the world. Arianna Bennett joins us now in the news room with the story. Ari, I understand these middle schoolers are working with the researchers via satellite.

Arianna Bennett: That’s right Wendy; a science class at Dilworth middle school started a new program this year. There working with a scientist from the Desert Research Institute, but, he is stationed all the way in Antarctica. The idea is to inspire the students by showing them that science isn’t just about text books and laboratories.

Dr. Joseph Grzymski: When you see what’s outside my window and how cool research really can be, it might inspire a few hundred kids we just talked to.

Arianna Bennett: Students at Dilworth have been following Dr. Grzymski while he conducts his research on tiny organisms called, phytoplankton, that he collects from the ocean around Antarctica. They are using iPads, satellite video connections, and Twitter, to watch and even help with Dr. Grzymski’s work. Today the connected with the DRI professor for a tour of the station, the lab, and even a peek at some of the glaciers outside of his office window; The teachers say, “it’s all about putting science in a new light by showing Dr. Grzymski’s Arctic adventures students can see there is a whole different side to scientific research.”

Geraldine Lemus-Yip, Dilworth Science Teacher: It’s the whole piece of being able to see what a scientist does. Being able to communicate with a scientist, usually all the get to do is read out of a textbook, what science is.

Arianna Bennett: As part of the program, Dr. Grzymski gives the students challenges to solve in competition for prizes and as a reward for a correct answer, one of the students even got to name the research boat, the Excalibur, in honor of the Dilworth mascot. Covering School Watch Live from the newsroom, Arianna Bennett.


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