(Newsdesk) Four Minnesota adventurers, Aaron Doering (leader), Brad Hosack, Chris Ripken, and Jeni Henrickson will undertake an expedition from April 10-25, sledge-hauling 130+ miles across a landscape of ice, rock, and sheer granite mountains of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.
Jeni sent over the news to ExplorersWeb explaining, "The team will also visit schools and interview teachers, students, elders, and others in the communities of Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung, and provide regular online updates about their journey that will be synched with educational activities for K-12 classrooms."
"This adventure learning expedition is tied to the North of Sixty° project, which is collaborating with schools from around the circumpolar Arctic to document traditional knowledge and create a global tapestry of video stories that weave together both the ecological and cultural history of the Arctic."
The team will journey across Baffin Island through Auyuittuq National Park. Their travels will take approximately two weeks, depending on the weather and the conditions of the snow and ice. The team will begin their journey in the community of Qikiqtarjuaq and travel on skis over 100 miles to the community of Pangnirtung.
The team is from Minnesota in the US. Their leader, Aaron Doering, is an associate professor in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota. With a passion for the Arctic, the environment, and education, Aaron has a long history of traveling within and working with communities in the circumpolar Arctic, including dogsledding expeditions through Canada, Russia, Alaska, Fennoscandia, and Greenland.
Brad Hosack is an award-winning designer with over 14 years of experience in the field. He works full time in the Learning Technologies Media Lab as the Lead New Media Developer, responsible for creating all designs, wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and alpha versions for all lab projects. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Brad is a PhD student in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota, where his research focuses on how to design contemporary online learning environments emphasizing the learner's need to consume content.
Chris Ripken is Geography Teacher at Centennial High School, Centennial Lakes, MN. He is also a longtime member and leader within the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) organization, which offers programs and workshops for Minnesota K-12 teachers centered on geography teaching and learning.
Jeni Henrickson is a PhD candidate in the Learning Technologies program and a graduate research assistant for the Learning Technologies Media Lab. She is interested in researching and designing adventure learning environments, in exploring the uses of mobile and other emerging technologies in the K-12 classroom, and in getting kids outdoors, actively interacting with the natural environment and their local communities. She has two kids of her own, ages 11 and 14.
Read more about them here.
During the expedition the North of 60° team will send updates to their website and to Aaron's Twitter account.
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