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Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS TO IMMERSE STUDENTS IN POLAR BEAR MIGRATION

-Registration is open for the live, no-cost, Tundra Connections webcast series capturing the annual Canadian polar bear migration-

Silver Spring, Md. (Nov. 8, 2016) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, is again teaming up with Polar Bears International on a series of no-cost, live virtual field trips during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba. The Tundra Connections webcasts take students beyond classroom walls to learn about the bears and other arctic wildlife, the environment, and careers on the tundra.

Tundra Connections includes three live events, each targeted for specific grade levels:

  • Arctic ABCs; Monday, Nov. 14, 12:00 p.m. ET

With content tailored for K-3 students, this virtual field trip explores polar bears and other organisms living in the arctic. Students will go through the alphabet “arctic style” and learn new vocabulary along the way.

  • Ice Bears in Your Backyard; Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET

Students will learn how water around the globe is tied to polar bears in the arctic. The virtual field trip discusses why the conservation of ice and water supplies is important to all creatures – not just polar bears.

  • STEM on the Tundra: Cool Jobs!; Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12:00 p.m. ET

This virtual field trip helps students understand how daily choices impact the world. Students will see how teams on the tundra are using STEM skills to support conservation, and they’ll learn about careers not typically associated with the tundra.

For more information and details about free registration, visit the Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip website here.

“Events like Tundra Connections excite students about what they’re learning in the classroom,” said Erica Phillips, Vice Principal, Sir Charles Tupper School, Nova Scotia. “A virtual trip to the tundra opens students’ eyes to a unique part of the world, and helps them see how they might use the STEM skills they are learning in the classroom in a future career.”

Participants can interact with each other and share their knowledge by using #CelebratewithDE during the webcasts. Discovery Education will also host an online collaborative project to prepare students for the live events. Tundra Connections is part of Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trip series, which takes students to some of the world’s most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences.  To view a list of archived Virtual Field Trips, visit the Virtual Field Trips homepage here.  

“Discovery Education is proud to present educators worldwide the upcoming Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip at no-cost ,” said Discovery Education Director of Educational Programing and Production Kyle Schutt.  “These types of events empower educators to transport students to fascinating locations for one-of-a-kind learning experiences without ever having to send home a permission slip.  We encourage all educators to join us on the tundra!”

For more information about Discovery Education’s STEM resources, Virtual Field Trips, and other initiatives and services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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