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Participate in the SunShadows experiment!

By on 2012/02/08

Teacher Koen Meirlaen performs the experiment at the Princess Elisabeth station in Antarctica. © International Polar Foundation - Koen Meirlaen

Teacher Koen Meirlaen performs the SunShasows experiment at the Princess Elisabeth station in Antarctica. © International Polar Foundation - Koen Meirlaen

Dear Teachers and Students:

Would you like to take part in a fun experiment, linked to schools in Belgium, Italy and the UK and to two teachers who are now at different research bases in Antarctica?

The SunShadows experiment doesn’t require much equipment – you just need a 1m pole, a tape measure and a flat area (such as school field). It also helps if the sun is shining!

Everybody’s measurements are compiled into an online database. These measurements can be used to help students to learn about the movement of the Earth in our solar system and how the varying amounts of solar energy received at different latitudes are related to climate and the seasons. It is aimed at students aged 10-18 years, but anyone can have a go!

The SunShadows experiment is online and ready to go:

http://www.educapoles.org/news/news_detail/join_the_sun_shadows_project/

Be part of a worldwide experiment!

Also, don’t forget, there’s lots of other interesting facts, games, videos and quizzes on the International Polar Foundation’s education website at www.educapoles.org

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