Introduction: Bears On Ice allows students to experience
Antarctica through the eyes of two Geobears, Berkley and OzGold,
who sailed on the Aurora Australis with their Australian,
friend and helper, Gordon Bain.
Berkley came from Illinois from the 4th grade classroom of Betty
Trummel, while OzGold came from Gordon's home in Tasmania. These
Bears have traveled to Antarctica and back, have had many adventures
and have lived to tell the tale. They have brought back information
and photographs that will help you share their adventures.
There is no cost for participating, though we would like feedback
so we can improve our next adventure.
The Photo pages contain
photographs taken throughout their journey and a few they borrowed
from a GeoBear named Brownie. Links to more information and "thinking
questions" are an integral part of this section.
The Data pages contain
the numerical data about the voyage. These reports include the position
of the ship (latitude and longitude) as well as many environmental
conditions, such as sea temperature, air temperature, any ice that
was encountered, etc. Some also include a brief update of events.
The data lend themselves well to graphing and many other math activities.
The Information pages
contain first-person accounts that go into more detail about some
of their more exciting adventures, or ship procedures that need
a bit more explanation than is offered in the daily reports. Most
of them were written by Berkley or OzGold, but a few were written
by Gordon. There are links to several of these from the Photo pages
where appropriate. These, along with the linked Special Reports,
can serve as reliable sources for research reports.