Explore the Arctic in real-time! In July 2019, come onboard the Icebreaker Oden with Northwest Passage Project (NPP) scientists and students and participate in the first-ever, live, interactive broadcasts from the fabled Northwest Passage. This 18-day expedition will travel over 1,800 nautical miles (2,000+ land miles). Scientists/student teams will be conducting a wide range of research activities to fill critical data gaps in Arctic ocean science. Learn more at: https://northwestpassagepro...
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1608810. Arctic media courtesy Adam Ravetch.
The Northwest Passage Project (NPP) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project that centers on a research expedition into the Arctic’s Northwest Passage, which will engage intergenerational cohorts of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in hands-on research exploring the changing Canadian Arctic Archipelago and collecting data. During this innovative expedition, diverse audiences will be engaged through real time interactions from sea, an ultra-high definition 2-hour documentary, and related community events. Sailing into the Northwest Passage of the Canadian Arctic will provide a visually stunning and historically poignant platform from which diverse audiences will experience a dramatically changing Arctic.
Northwest Passage Project is a collaborative effort between the University of Rhode Island (URI) Inner Space Center (ISC) and Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), the film company David Clark, Inc., and several other collaborators, including six U.S. Universities that are classified as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
The educational components of the Northwest Passage Project will be led by the ISC. Two cohorts, each consisting of 18 students (six high school students, nine undergraduate students, and three graduate students) will each sail on board for 2.5 week legs. These participants will receive science content instruction as the ship is underway, gain navigation and sailing skills, engage in hands- on projects while aboard and during research site visits on land, and contribute to the live broadcasts from the Arctic.
Because the Canadian Arctic is remote and costly to access, the Northwest Passage Project intends to leverage the documentary production as an informal learning opportunity by engaging students with scientists in authentic research and by delivering live broadcasts from sea to three well-established U.S. informal science education (ISE) institutions, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the Exploratorium, and the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC), as well as over the Internet.
Inner Space Center "video bites" are short glimpses into underwater exploration. Using our professional broadcast equipment, watchstanders can cut and publish these clips in less than 5 minutes after the ship's live satellite broadcast reaches ISC Mission Control. In less than 1 minute after that, in-house and remote production groups can connect to our servers and pull these high-definition clips for up-to-the-minute reporting.
The Inner Space Center has an educational program based on discovering the amazing features of the ocean. See our website for more information on how to bring this program to your classroom!
The ocean covers nearly 71% of the Earth, yet only a small portion of the ocean has been explored. Scientists are continuing to explore the ocean’s biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and history. This program covers the tools and technologies that scientists use to explore the deep ocean, how animals have adapted to survive in extreme ocean environments, and the technology used to investigate the deep sea. Through videos, demonstrations, and conversations with scientists, participants will go on a journey into the unknown ocean.