PolarPASS: Polar Places and Spaces

Earth's polar environments are undergoing rapid change during the 21st century and scientists have generated important new data and made groundbreaking insights. Despite growing interest to bring polar-focused material into the undergraduate classroom, curriculum developed has lagged. Polar Space and Places, or PolarPASS, is connecting polar-focused material with innovative teaching methods to advance STEM undergraduate education and increase polar knowledge.

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PolarPASS Modules

Using real data, diverse material types, and a range of activities, PolarPASS modules bring polar science and exploration to the classroom. PolarPASS modules link to Climate Literacy Principles and Polar Literacy Principles and have been tested in classrooms that include semester, quarter, and block teaching models. The curriculum is both complete and flexible, providing a full semester of material or supplementing classes you already have planned.

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Module 2: Long Term Spatial Transformations of the Glacier Basin System

Module 1: Exploring the Glacier Basin System

PolarPASS is designed to:

  • bring real polar data into the classroom,
  • strengthen students' knowledge of polar science, and
  • build student connections to polar places.

Developed by Experts

PolarPASS is developed by a team of educators and scientists at Western Washington University, the University of Montana Western, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. During the PolarPASS materials development, the team tested the efficacy of different teaching activities to develop student sense of place, creating tools to measure PolarPASS impact.

Contact PolarPASS

The PolarPASS team is excited to address your questions and hear about your experience using PolarPASS material. Please reach out to us at polarpass@colorado.edu.

Project Support

PolarPASS is generously supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation via a grant from the Office of Polar Program's Polar Special Initiatives. This collaborative grant supports activities at the University of Colorado (award #2021503), University of Montana Western (award #2021275), and Western Washington University (award #2021543).

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