The Palmer LTER K - 12 Education program works with schools and other organizations to put polar marine research into the hands of educators and students based on the work of the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research program. We recognize that if our children are going to be the next scientific innovators and responsible citizens, they need more than ever, skills to gather, and evaluate data, make informed decisions and communicate their ideas to others.
Our materials are developed in collaboration with scientists, graduate students, our education coordinator and our partners. They are designed to engage individuals to work collaboratively, and include strategies to strengthen students' communication, creativity and critical thinking skills. They offer a refreshing way to supplment a curriculum and include inquiry learning, ecological principles, biology, data and science- technology-engineering and mathematics (STEM). This growing set of instructional materials builds on core competencies, content standards and innovation.