I am a Virginia teacher and I will be going to Antarctica on
December 16, 1994, as part of a grant program sponsored by the
National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs and
Office of Teacher Enhancement. The grant program selected five
teachers and five high school students to participate in five
different scientific research projects taking place this year
My project will take me to the actual South Pole and I will be
working with the Center for Astrophysical Research in
Antarctica, (CARA). The CARA scientists are using infrared
telescopes to study the galaxies to unravel the origins of our
universe. My project is to provide a telecommunications link
between the scientists at the South Pole and you.
During the austral summer, October - February, the sun never
sets at the south pole so there is lots of daylight to get
things done. I will be helping CARA install new equipment to
get ready for the long polar winter when most of their
observations take place.
I will also post information files, activities and research
information to help you become more familiar with both
Antarctica and the work that CARA is doing there. My hope is
that students from Kindergarten to 12th grade will find
something of interest in this project and that everyone will
participate in some way.
April Keck Lloyd