Polar Palooza - North
POLAR-PALOOZA, the national tour, features high-energy public presentations entitled "Stories from a Changing Planet," tales of adventure and science told by a charismatic "cast" of characters, using HD video and authentic props - such as a piece of ice core 2,000 years old, or a caribou parka, to bring polar research to life... 3-day visits to each site... special programs for schools... workshops for K-12 educators and museum volunteers... briefings for local news media and business leaders... camp-ins for Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs... community wide impact with multiple museums in any one site.

POLAR-PALOOZA builds on the experience of an earlier P2K project, MARSAPALOOZA, which took the scientists and engineers who built and now operate NASA's long-lived Mars rovers to museums and science centers across America. At all sites, we were surprised by the excitement felt by young and old at meeting "rocket scientists" face to face, and having a chance to interact directly with them. Crowds stayed behind after the presentations ended to touch rover wheels, ask about Mars, touch a Martian meteorite, or get autographs signed. That was our inspiration for POLAR-PALOOZA, a chance to put a human face on polar research.

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POLAR-PALOOZA and the materials on this website are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0632262. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE/Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Inc., and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.
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2007 Venues College Station, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Houston Museum of Natural Science University of Texas at Brownsville Utah Museum of Natural History New York Public Library 2008 SACNAS National Conference Washington, DC - National Geographic North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Denver Museum of Nature and Science Museum of Science and Industry Discovery Center of Idaho Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center University of Alaska Museum of the North Cleveland Museum of Natural History Science Museum of Virginia Maryland Science Center