Below are some of the highlights of the Arctic Voice project to date:
23rd March 2007
Schools Educational Project Launch (Primary level), Chiddingstone Castle, Kent
Tonbridge Grammar School, with help from the Art Department of Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School, organised a day of workshops for 6 local primary schools devoted to learning about the Arctic, its people and the effect of climate change. Activities included Art, Science, Geography, Drama, Music and Media Studies.
The day was a great success; the workshops were engaging and the teaching inspirational. The children, who were mainly from years 5&6, learned a huge amount and had fun. For more details see our schools page (link)
27th March 2007
Kent Schools Conference, Ashford
Glenn Morris, Tonbridge Grammar Sixth formers and children from Chiddingstone Primary gave a presentation on the schools launch to teachers from around Kent. The children illustrated highlights from the workshops, including scientific experiments, music and drama.
11th May 2007
Arctic Voice Public Presentation, Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks
The evening included an illustrated talk by Glenn Morris and presentations from Tonbridge Grammar School, Chiddingstone Primary and St Lawrence Primary on the twinning project and links with their twin schools.
School Visits UK
Before setting off on the 2007 kayaking journey, Glenn visited all the schools in the UK whose Arctic partner schools are located on Stage One of the expedition route. One of those schools is Gorran primary school in Cornwall which is twinned with Jimmy Hikok Ilihavkvik, in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Gorran is by the coast, so Glenn took the students out for a kayaking lesson.
Scottish Arctic Day
Students at Fortrose Academy, Ross-shire, Scotland had fun and learned a great deal during their Arctic day. They had been working on a big project on climate change and showed off the results of their work, including films. BBC Newsnight Scotland interviewed Stephen Doughty and staff and students at the school on their work and the expedition. The school is hoping to organise an exchange in the future.
School Internet Link-Ups
The first video-conference between Tonbridge Grammar, Kent and Samuel Hearne Secondary School, Inuvik took place in June. It was very successful and great fun. For more details see our schools page. It was followed by a successful audio conference via Skype between Chiddingstone Primary and Mangilaluk school, Tuktoyaktuk.
8th July 2007
BBC Global Have Your Say Programme
Glenn took part in the programme as a guest contributor during his trip to the Arctic in the summer of 2007. The programme focused on Climate Change and the impact that events like Live Earth have on raising understanding of the issue.
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