The IARC Education/Outreach Program mission is to connect and engage local and worldwide educators, students, community members, and policy makers with researchers in order to promote the greater understanding of Arctic system science and climate change.




Ongoing hands-on programs with IARC involvement for K-12 teachers and students:

Previous activities with IARC involvement for K-12 teachers and students:

  • IPY Summer Institute - A two-week International Polar Year (IPY) Summer Institute for graduate students/early career scientists and K-12 teachers, 2007.
  • Arctic Expedition for K-12 Teachers - course for teachers onboard the Russian Icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn, 2006
  • Science and Math Enrichment Program (SMEP) - an out-of-classroom experience designed to help Alaska Native students preparing to enter village high schools excel in math and science.

Materials for K-12 teachers and students:

  • Aurora Alive - teaching the science behind the Northern Lights, with hands-on classroom lessons and multimedia CD.
  • Global Climate Change DVD (Now part of Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) multimedia and associated set of classroom lessons designed to help Alaskan middle-school students and teachers understand the physics behind global climate change.
 summer school


  • IARC Summer School - amazing summer courses with hands-on training from world-renown scientists.
  • Graduate Studies - obtain your degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Post Doctoral Fellows - gain work experience in Arctic climate research.
  • Visiting Scholars - the IARC visitor program provides unique opportunities for collaboration with scientists from around the globe.
  • Events - seminars, workshops, and conferences held throughout the year encourage excitement, knowledge building, and collaboration to the field of Arctic climate research.


  • Suwa Seiryo High School visit to Alaska - IARC hosts the visit of students and their teachers from the superscience Suwa Seiryo High School in Japan.


Outreach to Communities:

  • North by 2020 - a forum to explore, discuss, plan and prepare opportunities for sustainable development in a North experiencing rapid transformation, by facilitating research and education to address the real world concerns surrounding Northern futures and by engaging public, private, and government stakeholders.
  • Stakeholders and Climate Change Project - this project brings rural community members and university scientists into discussions about climate and environmental change in Alaska.

    Participation in Local Events:

    • Interior Alaska Science Fair - many IARC faculty participate as judges in this annual regional K-12 event as well as local science fairs.
    • Alaska Statewide High School Science Symposium - IARC faculty participate as mentors for high school students.
    • Job shadowing - high school students have followed IARC faculty to learn directly about careers in science.
    • Tanana Valley State Fair - IARC participates in this annual event with an expo of our research activities and items of general interest and uses the opportunity to connect scientists with the local community.

    Educational Articles:



    • Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - a university-state partnership that builds capacity for Alaska-based research.
    • Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning (SNAP) -  a collaborative network of the University of Alaska, federal, state, and local agencies, NGOs, and industry partners to provide timely access to scenarios of future conditions in Alaska for more effective climate change planning by decision-makers, communities, and industry.
    • Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy (ACCAP) - The mission of ACCAP is to improve the ability of Alaskans to respond to a changing climate. ACCAP works directly with stakeholders to inform realistic community plans and climate adaptation strategies. Core activities integrate research and decision-support tool innovation.
    • Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) - improving our understanding of the long-term consequences of changing climate and disturbance regimes in the Alaskan boreal forest.
    • Environmental Forcing of the Circumpolar Coastal Regime - examining coastal extreme weather dynamics to assist with municipal planning and engineering activities.
    • Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in Alaskan Coastal Communities - The goal of this project is to assess ongoing and projected impacts of climate change, specifically as related to storms, on the marine systems and communities of the west and north Alaskan coasts.
    • Mt. McKinley Weather Station - high-altitude weather station near the summit of North America's highest peak, Mt. McKinley, Alaska.
    • Climate Change Student Summit - in cooperation with the ANDRILL (ANtarctic DRILLing Project), middle school students prepare and present climate change projects with other schools across the U.S.


    • Events - seminars, workshops, and conferences held throughout the year encourage excitement, knowledge building, and collaboration to the field of Arctic climate research.


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