U of M team to begin Arctic expedition


Adventurer and University of Minnesota educator Aaron Doering is at it again, this time heading to the Arctic for the first of an eight-part learning series called "The Changing Earth," according to a release.

A team of four explorers, led by Doering, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Media Lab, will visit schools and talk with residents in two small Inuit communities – all while pulling all their gear, food and technology.

Next Friday, the team will begin their journey by embarking from St. Paul for northern Canada.

Through the website thechangingearth.com, schools around the world will have access to a free online learning environment with activities and resources focused on science, technology, geography and culture.

“In sharing adventures, educational activities, and stories from real communities around the world, we hope to engage others in discussions about the importance of these fragile regions of the planet, and inspire people to take action and choose to care about their own communities, cultures, and the environment," Doering said in the release.

Doering will be joined by Chris Ripken, a high school geography teacher; Jeni Henrickson, a researcher and creative professional; and Matthew Whalen, a professional videographer and seasoned outdoorsman.

Changing Earth's mission is to help create an environmentally literate and socially engaged generation of learners able to generate innovative and culturally diverse solutions to sustain the Earth.

The first four trips will be to the Arctic and the last four will be to the tropics.

You can track their progress through either a link on their website or using the hashtag #choose2care on social media. The Changing Earth team will post videos, photos and audio from interviews with the Inuit community.

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