Kodiak First Stop on Statewide Science Program


Jennifer Canfield/KMXT

Kodiak students and Earth science lovers are in for a real treat. The Anchorage Museum’s Science Program is in town to present the "Magic Planet Digital Globe" exhibit. The exhibit has visited a few classes this week and is holding a family science night this evening that is open to the public. The Alutiiq Museum, the Baranov Museum and the Kodiak public library will also be at the event. There will be tables set up with hands-on activities to teach people about climate change and different Earth systems.

Science Outreach Coordinator Renae Bookman explains what the main exhibit is like.

(Eyes Arctic 1 :29 sec "Well, we brought a couple different… in that globe format.")

More on that Magic Planet.

(Eyes Arctic 2 :39 sec "It’s an actual globe… can do with this magic planet.")

The globe also has a touch screen kiosk where you can choose different sets of data that are interesting to you and watch how it changes the globe.

The program titled "Our Changing Climate: NASA’s Eyes on the Arctic" is a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum, the Museum of the North in Fairbanks and the Challenger Learning Center. Each of the organizations will take the exhibit to different towns and villages across the state. Kodiak is the first stop for the exhibit. The exhibit will further travel to Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Nome, Nenana and several villages in Western Alaska and on the North Slope.

Bookman says it’s been very interesting to watch the students pick up on scientific concepts and ask their own questions.

(Eyes Arctic 3 :30 sec "They’re just thinking about the… concepts that we’re focusing on.")

The exhibit will be visiting a few more Kodiak classrooms this week. The public can see the exhibit tonight at the National Guard Armory from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.


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