The arctic and polar research as a vehicle to inspire interest in science and research careers: ideas from the EDU-ARCTIC program
Online classes may be an innovative tool, which helps to establish strong links between the research and education communities by connecting schools to scientists. Polar Regions represent one of the most interesting natural environments that can engage pupils in topics related to global changes. EDU-ARCTIC is a Pan-European initiative available for secondary schools, which uses the Arctic and polar research as a vehicle to encourage pupils aged 13 to 20 to pursue further education in STEM. Results of the entry assessment survey with information from 146 teachers concerning 12310 pupils from 26 countries were presented and discussed. This survey contains information on pupils’ interest in scientific careers, their knowledge about conditions of work of professional scientists and interest and knowledge about Arctic issues. Moreover, some evaluation studies on online lessons and Arctic competition were described and their impact on pupils interest in STEM was discussed.