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WANTED: Experiments for the South Pole for the Austral Summers (Dec - Jan)!

We would like to perform your experiment at the South Pole and compare results from the pole to yours and those of others around the globe.


Travelogue from Randy, November/December 2001

DASI is one of the many experiments at the Pole! For lots more pictures, see the virtual tour page.

Students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh built a snow bike that was tested at the Pole in January 2000.


We often send some of our education staff to Antarctica to visit the South Pole. While there, we perform experiments, answer kids' questions, and share the experience via the internet with classrooms all over the world. CARA scientists will be in Antarctica again every austral summer and would like to conduct your experiment at the pole.
See our January 2000 travelogue, with Randy Landsberg and the Snow Bike.
In December 1997 CARA's Randy Landsberg and the well-known author Janice VanCleave traveled to Antarctica.

Check out our exciting travel log from Dec 1997 and Jan 2000! If your browser supports Java you may also enjoy the Slideshow.
In 1997 kids from all over the world conducted South Pole experiments in their own home towns. Check out the latest data submitted by young scientists. Are your data listed here?

A do-it-yourself activity: Follow Janice & Randy to the South Pole

Science is Cool!

This web page contains a number of hands-on experiments. They have been written with safety in mind but, for the lawyer's sake, we must disclaim any responsibility. Please be careful, follow instructions, and in all cases an adult should supervise each activity.
Do-it-Yourself Activities
We have created a set of science experiments that students can do in most any home or classroom, although some activities need to be performed outside. We'll do the same experiments during our next trip to Antarctica, and report the data live here on our web page. Your students can submit their results to appear here as well! All of the labs and interactive activities have been collected onto one page in addition to the listing here.

Snow & Ice: Measure and compare the densities of snow and ice.

Boiling Water:
Is the boiling point of water the same everywhere?

Name that Place:
Learn about geography, latitude, and longitude.

Spin the Globe:
Which way does the world go round?

What's Your Angle?:
How high is the sun at your latitude?
Credits: We wish to thank the following educators for their contributions to the experiments on our web site: Bill Fisher, Jefferson Middle School, Aurora, IL; Judith Lachance-Whitcomb, Sauganash School, Chicago, IL; Rudy Villalaz, G. Kerkstra Middle School, Oak Forest, IL; April Whitt, Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, GA.