Permafrost is permanently frozen ground. It is soil, rock, or organic material that remains at 0°C or below for at least two years. How does thawing permafrost affect the Earth's climate and what are the consequences for the planet and our civilization?
The warming trend in the Arctic is almost twice as large as the global average in recent decades. The loss of sea ice amplifies the warming trend because the ocean surface absorbs more sun heat than the surface of snow and ice. How does that affect the planet?
Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time predicted by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity. How are these waves being detected? What can they tell us about events in the distant Universe?
POLAR STAR aims to bring together state-of-the-art learning pedagogies and combine them with exciting activities that focus on contemporary science, thus helping teachers to introduce STEAM successfully in their class. At the same time the project will focus on the development of students’ key skills and competences as well as deepening their knowledge of fundamental science principles, increasing their appreciation of science and technology and their role in todays’ societies. POLAR STAR aims to offer an open and innovative training framework to teachers of primary and secondary education which will focus on:
Promoting the 'Science as a Whole' concept;
Promoting a holistic STEM educational approach;
Promote the introduction of contemporary science activities in schools;