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Dr Shari Gearheard,
GoNorth! Cool Scientist
Arctic Exploration is the topic of the Weekly Chat for Module 01 during weeks 1, 2, and 3.
Background: Could you carry your house, food, cooking utensils, clothing, and everything else that you might need to live and survive? Well, GoNorth! explorers do—and for weeks at a time, too! Join members of Team GoNorth! for some team chatting before they hitch up the mighty Polar Huskies and head out on the trail (last chance to get the latest scoops from the dog yard!).
Keeping the eye and mind on the goal is a must to the success of GoNorth! An enormous amount of energy, effort, resources, planning, and preparation goes into a GoNorth! expedition—in the expedition base camp as well as the education base camp, and even across the borders of many countries. The cumulative efforts of a team greatly outweigh those of an individual. Group cohesion and positive interaction often inspire a team to achieve far greater goals than what would be possible for just one person.
The more time teammates spend together, the better they will be able to understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Each one of us perceives the world from our own unique perspective. Interests, opinions, and thoughts are usually very different from one individual to the next. Therefore, when working within a group, it is important to consider each person when thinking about the whole, and to recognize the goals of others.
Whether we realize it or not, most of us have goals. Goals come in many different shapes and sizes. Some may be big, others small; some may be long-term and others short-term. Webster’s dictionary defines a goal as “an aim or purpose.” Goals can more easily be defined, however, as something that we wish to achieve. To set a goal means to begin a process in which all efforts are evaluated as to their relative importance in our lives.
The GoNorth! adventure learning expedition has several goals in its mission statement. One of them is to work with scientists around the world in the study of climate change. Have you checked out the Cool Scientist section in Logistics at Polar Husky.com? Scientists are explorers investigating the natural world! They explore, do field research, probe, and experiment to find answers to their questions, always searching for new, unexplored areas in our collective knowledge, not least about sustainable development in the light of climate change!
Some questions to possibly open the chat with or discuss prior to the LIVE chat!
Name one place or one question that you would like to explore. Why?
Have you learned about any unusual observations on the land that have to do with climate change?
What advice would you give to an astronaut visiting a planet in a distant galaxy for the first time?
What mistakes of past explorers or scientists would you not want to repeat?
Thursday, February 25
w/ a GoNorth! Team Member
Wednesday, March 03
w/ a GoNorth! Team Member
Friday, March 12
w/ Dr Shari Gearheard