PoLAR Partnership

PoLAR Partnership Educational games, adult learners, & polar climate change - we are the Polar Learning & Responding Climate Change Education Partnership (PoLAR CCEP).
The PoLAR Partnership is a project of the Columbia Climate Center, at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.
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Supported by a five year grant from the National Science Foundation, the PoLAR Partnership is developing a portfolio of interactive and game-like tools geared towards adults that capitalize on the iconic imagery of the Arctic and Antarctic, areas which are changing the most rapidly. Focusing on the poles also leads to discussion of broader impacts, especially as the changes taking place in the polar regions are increasingly linked to concerns about rising sea levels and extreme weather around the globe. Games and game-like activities are increasingly used to engage diverse participants in problem solving. Lifelong learners, be they community leaders, the general public, pre- and in-service teachers, or college students, are today's decision makers and are more likely to make informed decisions if they understand the scientific evidence, projected impacts, and practical solutions related to climate change.

Mission: The Polar Learning and Responding Climate Change Education Partnership (PoLAR CCEP) seeks to inform public understanding of and response to climate change through the creation of novel educational approaches that utilize fascination with shifting polar environments and are geared towards adult learners.

Congratulations to the winners of the Arctic Climate Game Jam and thanks to all who participated! We were incredibly imp...
06/05/2017
Climate Game Jam Contest Finalists | Climate Game Jam

Congratulations to the winners of the Arctic Climate Game Jam and thanks to all who participated! We were incredibly impressed by the game prototypes we received and hope to see some of these games fully developed one day soon! http://climategamejam.org/finalists/

For each Climate Game Jam, game ideas are submitted via a 2-minute video to be considered for national recognition. A panel of game and climate experts use a scoring rubric to determine top selections by age category and/or game category. Category winners are featured on this website and in social m...

Interested in creative ways to communicate climate change? Want to develop fun and educational games for social impact? ...
04/27/2017
Arctic Climate Mini-Game Jam in Fairbanks!

Interested in creative ways to communicate climate change? Want to develop fun and educational games for social impact? Join the Association of Interior Native Educators, the International Arctic Research Center, and the PoLAR Partnership for the Arctic Climate Mini-Game Jam on May 6th in Fairbanks! Lunch will be provided and there are opportunities for prizes. Space is limited – register at bit.ly/ArcticJamFbks!

Interested in innovative ways to communicate climate change? Want to create fun and educational games for social impact? Join the Association of Interior Native Educators, the International Arctic Research Center, and the PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership for the Arctic Climate Mini-Game Ja...

Looking for engaging and effective ways to educate people on climate change? Please check out the "Climate Change Educat...
03/09/2017
ccepalliance.org

Looking for engaging and effective ways to educate people on climate change? Please check out the "Climate Change Education: Effective Practices for Working with Educators, Scientists, Decision Makers, and the Public"! Produced by the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance, this new guide provides evidence-based recommendations for innovative and replicable approaches to climate education and communication. We'll be launching a series of webinars covering each chapter soon - be sure to keep an eye out!

We are excited to announce a new Climate Game Jam focused on the Arctic! From April 21 - 30, 2017, Arctic Climate Game J...
03/02/2017
Arctic Climate Game Jam: Host Site Registration

We are excited to announce a new Climate Game Jam focused on the Arctic! From April 21 - 30, 2017, Arctic Climate Game Jams will be held at multiple sites, offering a unique opportunity for students, educators, scientists, and game designers to work together on the development of climate game prototypes that span a range of platforms, topics, and audiences. And, we’d like to invite you host a site! To learn more, check out climategamejam.org. To register your site, visit bit.ly/ACGJsite.

From April 21-30, 2017, the PoLAR Partnership will coordinate a new National Climate Game Jam focused specifically on the Arctic! This event will bring together students, educators, scientists, and game designers at sites around the country to create new game prototypes that allow players to learn a...

Members of the PoLAR Partnership team participated in the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting last week, whe...
12/19/2016
A Quest to Put Sea Level Rise Data in Your Pocket - Eos

Members of the PoLAR Partnership team participated in the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting last week, where they had many opportunities to share their PoLAR projects with the broader scientific community. Eos, an AGU-sponsored blog about Earth and space news, features the Polar Explorer: Sea Level app in a new blog piece, showcasing how the public can easily access and use real climate data to understand where sea levels will rise with climate change! Check out the article here: http://bit.ly/2i24pE0

A new climate change app uses interactive data maps to engage users and prompt the exploration of questions related to changing sea levels and climate vulnerability.

12/13/2016

Are you at AGU this week? Come join us at the Geo-Games Showcase and Workshop this Thursday to learn about the innovative ways that scientists and educators are engaging and empowering audiences in learning about complex scientific topics. We'll feature games that focus on climate change in the Arctic, farmers in Sri Lanka, shared water resources and more! Come play! http://bit.ly/AGUgames

What does a climate changed future look like to you? FutureCoast gives you one way to imagine how you and your loved one...
12/06/2016
FutureCoast

What does a climate changed future look like to you? FutureCoast gives you one way to imagine how you and your loved ones could be affected by climate change in the near future. Listen to voicemails from the future with FutureCoast! http://bit.ly/2hbbems

12/05/2016
Podcast: Polar Perspectives | The PoLAR Hub

Love Polar Voices? Want to continue listening in as we interview northern inhabitants, indigenous peoples, and leading researchers as they share their perspectives on climate-change? Curious about what other topics we've discussed with our interviewees? Check out PoLAR Perspectives for the full length unabridged interviews. http://bit.ly/2fKYvFA

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11/29/2016
PoLAR Voices | The PoLAR Hub

Experience life and science in the polar regions through the stories of northern inhabitants, indigenous peoples, and leading-edge researchers as they share their perspectives on climate-change. Listen to our Polar Voices podcast! http://bit.ly/2fUPK9l

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What's really warming the world? Is it a mix of natural factors, or are human activities the key driver? See for yoursel...
11/15/2016
What's Really Warming the World?

What's really warming the world? Is it a mix of natural factors, or are human activities the key driver? See for yourself in this climate model visualization that's based on data from NASA.

Do you know where the north pole is? Do you know which countries have thousands of citizens living above the Arctic circ...
10/31/2016
Where Is the North Pole?

Do you know where the north pole is? Do you know which countries have thousands of citizens living above the Arctic circle?

PoLAR collaborator Dr. Lawrence C. Hamilton released a study this month looking at Americans’ polar knowledge and climate change perspectives, and how they can be influenced by political views. Read on to learn more! http://bit.ly/2efmM5s

09/20/2016
2016 Arctic Science Ministerial Side Event Registration - Afternoon Session | ARCUS

As the White House prepares to host the first ever Arctic Science Ministerial and interest in the rapidly changing Arctic grows, don’t miss this opportunity to spend an afternoon learning about hands-on activities and resources that leverage Arctic science as a vehicle for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and citizen empowerment!

During this special White House Arctic Science Ministerial Side Event, attendees will have the chance to explore tools ranging from mobile apps to scenario explorations to card and board games that help formal and informal educators, school administrators, lifelong learners, and families bring the Arctic into their homes and classrooms. For more information, and to register, visit https://www.arcus.org/meetings/2016/arctic-science-ministerial/afternoon.

Thank you for your interest in our "Arctic Science for Education and Citizen Empowerment" side-event to the 2016 Arctic Science Ministerial meeting!

Great opportunity for environmental educators to learn about best practices in climate change communication - register s...
07/18/2016
Climate Change Communication for Environmental Educators | EE Capacity

Great opportunity for environmental educators to learn about best practices in climate change communication - register soon, space is limited!

http://www.eecapacity.net/activities/online-courses/climate-change-communication-environmental-educators

Why is climate change such a polarizing topic? How can environmental educators address this loaded issue in their communities and programs? This course is for environmental education professionals interested in applying current research in climate change communication and psychology to their educati...

The 2016 Signs of the Land: Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change Camp took place June 13-17.  An amazing an...
06/28/2016
Native elders, scientists talk action, plans for fighting climate change in Interior Alaska villages

The 2016 Signs of the Land: Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change Camp took place June 13-17. An amazing and dynamic group of people participated, and we all learned a great deal from one another. Here, one of our participants provides her perspective of the week. http://www.newsminer.com/features/sundays/community_features/native-elders-scientists-talk-action-plans-for-fighting-climate-change/article_521aaab6-3b23-11e6-a0f1-1b0ac4a80df7.html

FAIRBANKS — The group of Alaska Natives sat in a circle inside the log hall and recounted the signs of climate change they’ve seen in their corners of the state.

We are excited to announce the winner of the Games for Change Climate Challenge: Eco, by Strange Loop Games!  Thank you ...
06/28/2016
Game For Change | Autodesk AREA

We are excited to announce the winner of the Games for Change Climate Challenge: Eco, by Strange Loop Games! Thank you to everyone who submitted a protoype, and congratulations to our 4 finalists - we had an amazing assortment of games to choose from! http://area.autodesk.com/games-for-change

Games can help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving, all of which are crucial elements in the collective impact to solve the climate challenge.

As climate refugees become a concern in the Arctic, HUD grants $48 million to Louisiana's Isle de Jean Charles for the f...
05/06/2016
Cool Links of the Week 5/6/2016 | The PoLAR Hub

As climate refugees become a concern in the Arctic, HUD grants $48 million to Louisiana's Isle de Jean Charles for the first ever climate-related relocation project; Wildfires ravage northern Alberta; and kids are taking the climate change battle to court and winning. All that and more from this week's Cool Links!

Obama Administration raises concern over climate refugees; Canadian study on climate change incorporates observations of 90,000 Indigenous people; Kids win climate court battle in Washington State

Curious to see how Arctic Ecosystems piece together? Why not play a game about it! EcoChains: Arctic Crisis is available...
05/05/2016
EcoChains: Arctic Crisis | The PoLAR Hub

Curious to see how Arctic Ecosystems piece together? Why not play a game about it! EcoChains: Arctic Crisis is available for you to play today.

A multiplayer card game of strategy and survival in a rapidly warming Arctic.

Only a little bit of time left to submit your game to the Climate Challenge - the deadline is this Friday, May 6, at 11:...
05/04/2016

Only a little bit of time left to submit your game to the Climate Challenge - the deadline is this Friday, May 6, at 11:59pm EDT! Don't miss out on your chance to win $10,000!

The deadline for submissions to the #G4CClimate Challenge is *this Friday*, May 6. Hurry and submit your game for a shot at a $10,000 grand prize. http://bit.ly/25nWFwf

Climate scientists are handing out accuracy grades to journalists; a key US satellite that measures sea ice extent is of...
04/29/2016
Cool Links of the Week 04/29/2016 | The PoLAR Hub

Climate scientists are handing out accuracy grades to journalists; a key US satellite that measures sea ice extent is offline indefinitely; and high-pressure weather systems are parking themselves over Greenland for longer period of time. Read all about it in this week's Cool Links!

Over 1,000 species purposefully relocated; New innovations work to cut emissions from concrete industry; Scientists loose a key tool to observe change in the Arctic; High pressure systems staying put for longer over Greenland.

Want to hear the stories behind our PoLAR Voices Podcasts? Check out PoLAR Perspectives for the full stories and intervi...
04/28/2016
Podcast: Polar Perspectives | The PoLAR Hub

Want to hear the stories behind our PoLAR Voices Podcasts? Check out PoLAR Perspectives for the full stories and interviews from indigenous communities, researchers, and more.

Connecting People to the Poles.

Sick and tired of Go Fish? Maybe it’s time to check out some Arctic fish! Try your hand at EcoChains: Arctic Crisis and ...
04/27/2016
EcoChains: Arctic Crisis | The PoLAR Hub

Sick and tired of Go Fish? Maybe it’s time to check out some Arctic fish! Try your hand at EcoChains: Arctic Crisis and see the role of different species in building an ecosystem.

A multiplayer card game of strategy and survival in a rapidly warming Arctic.

Hot weather has led to an early start to the wildfire season throughout much of the US, an early melt season on the Gree...
04/15/2016
Cool Links of the Week 04/15/2016 | The PoLAR Hub

Hot weather has led to an early start to the wildfire season throughout much of the US, an early melt season on the Greenland ice sheet, and thinner sea ice throughout the Arctic. As an ex-PM calls for Finland to exploit its Arctic potential, Greenpeace is raising concerns over increased trawling in the Barents Sea. All that and more from this week's Cool Links!

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This week's Cool Links is chock-full of interesting stories! From Boaty McBoatface, to new technology for cleaning up oi...
04/08/2016
Cool Links of the Week 04/08/2016 | The PoLAR Hub

This week's Cool Links is chock-full of interesting stories! From Boaty McBoatface, to new technology for cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic, to NASA facing climate impacts. Plus new information on the links between climate change and health. All that and more in this week's Cool Links!


Boaty McBoatface is no laughing matter; Finnish test for Arctic oil spill highlights clean up difficulties; NASA space centers brace for climate change; With melting ice, polar bears have drastic weight loss

04/07/2016
Podcast: Polar Perspectives | The PoLAR Hub

Can’t get enough of our PoLAR Voices Podcasts? Neither can we! So take a listen to some of our PoLAR Perspectives to get the full stories of researchers and residents living in the polar regions.

PoLAR Voices Perspectives are complete interviews with scientists, experts, and other people featured in the PoLAR Voices Episodes.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see the Polar Explorer: Sea Level app in action!
04/07/2016
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see the Polar Explorer: Sea Level app in action!

Please share with 'Teachers and Educators' or join us yourself this coming Monday 4/11/16 at 7:30 PM when we will present on the PolarExplorer: Sea Level App as part of the NOAA Climate Stewards Webinar series. Registration information below.

Learn climate change from the experts, from the comfort of your home with American Museum of Natural History’s online cl...
04/06/2016
Seminars on Science | American Museum of Natural History

Learn climate change from the experts, from the comfort of your home with American Museum of Natural History’s online climate seminars!

Bridging the worlds of science and education through six-week online professional development courses.

Wondering where sea level rise will have the most impact? Download our Polar Explorer: Sea Level app.
04/05/2016
Polar Explorer: Sea Level | The PoLAR Hub

Wondering where sea level rise will have the most impact? Download our Polar Explorer: Sea Level app.

Explore the cool topics in polar climate science with this data visualization app.

NEW Cool Links of the Week! Ice, Ice and even less ICE! Another record low for Arctic sea ice maximum extent: bad news f...
04/01/2016
Cool Links of the Week 04/01/2016 | The PoLAR Hub

NEW Cool Links of the Week! Ice, Ice and even less ICE! Another record low for Arctic sea ice maximum extent: bad news for the climate, maybe great news if you're a fan of luxury cruises? We also have stories on the mighty walrus and tiny microbes. Plus Justice Sandra Day O'Connor believes in the power of games for education and engagement! All that and more from this week's Cool Links.

The Arctic is thawing faster than expected; Arctic sea ice at its lowest maximum extent; Researchers ship ice cores to Antarctica; Justice Sandra Day O'Connor makes her mark on video games.

Looking to deepen your knowledge on climate change? American Museum of Natural History has online courses that you might...
03/31/2016
Seminars on Science | American Museum of Natural History

Looking to deepen your knowledge on climate change? American Museum of Natural History has online courses that you might be interested in!

Bridging the worlds of science and education through six-week online professional development courses.

03/25/2016
Cool Links of the Week 03/25/2016 | The PoLAR Hub

NEW Cool Links of the Week! Antarctica is melting from below and the plan to halt sea level rise by turning it into snow over Antarctica is debunked! It's no surprise that winter in Alaska has all but disappeared because February was the hottest month in recorded history! All that and more from this week's Cool Links!

Canada invests big in the Arctic; February was the warmest month in recorded history; Antarctica's ice is melting from below and it doesn't make sense to pump melt water onto the ice.

Attention teachers! The Seminars on Science Climate Change course takes place multiple times a year, and the $500 stipen...
03/24/2016

Attention teachers! The Seminars on Science Climate Change course takes place multiple times a year, and the $500 stipend is available throughout! Plus, you have the chance to develop a polar-themed lesson plan to share with your class and others.

Teachers! We are looking for 75 science teachers to take our Climate Change course. Each participant will receive a $500 stipend to offset the cost of successfully completing the 6-week online course. Learn how the climate system works, what factors cause it to change over time and some of the potential social, economic and environmental consequences of climate change. The next session starts March 14th. Graduate credit is available for an additional cost. Please complete this application: http://tinyurl.com/mftzudp
Selected participants will be notified on a rolling basis. To learn more about the course, visit http://tinyurl.com/qx7oauw

Enter our $10,000 game design challenge! We’re looking for game ideas that will inspire players to tackle climate change...
03/21/2016
G4C Climate Challenge | Games for Change

Enter our $10,000 game design challenge! We’re looking for game ideas that will inspire players to tackle climate change around the world. All experience levels welcome. Learn more at http://www.gamesforchange.org/climatechallenge/

The PoLAR Partnership, Autodesk, and Games for Change (G4C) will award a prize of $10,000 USD to one winner to create a digital game that engages players to understand their role in addressing climate change.

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