Science for Schools

Science for Schools is science project targeting middle schools and high schools in Tromsø. Its goal is to foster curiosity and increase knowledge about Arctic research.

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The project consists of three main parts: an inspiration day, group work at the schools, and students presenting their own research. Science for Schools is a collaboration between Arctic Frontiers and the Northern Norwegian Science Center.

During the inspiration day, students get the opportunity to meet researchers working on current issues related to climate, nature, and technology in the Arctic. In 2023, the lectures focused on topics such as the invasion of sea urchins outside of Tromsø, research cruises in polar areas in search of whale sounds, energy efficiency, and how polar research is instrumental in understanding climate change. Additionally, all students participated in a quiz, watched films, and explored the exhibition at Polaria. Polaria is an experience center that communicates the research from the Fram centre- High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment. 

After the inspiration days, the students work on their own research projects wthin the overarching theme of “the Arctic.” The groups learn about proper research methods, starting from developing research questions to data collection, analysis, discussion, and conclusion. The research topics cover a wide range of issues, from acid rain to indigenous rights.   

Finally, the students present their work at school. The best posters are selected to be displayed at the poster exhibition at the Northern Norwegian Science Center, where the students meet groups from other schools. They also meet more researchers, and attend several specialized lectures. The students participate in a competition to have their posters exhibited at the Arctic Frontiers conference. In 2023, some of the students were rewarded for their efforts with a tour of the research vessel “Kronprins Haakon.”

The purpose of the project is to convey new research and engage the younger generation in Arctic issues. Additionally, we aim to create an arena where young people can work on their own research projects and be a part of the important work happening in their own region. Here, students have the opportunity to see how researchers work on the topics they normally only read about in textbooks, and they are provided with examples of research relevant to their local area.


Science for Schools støttes av Samfunnsløftet.


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