Imagine you're a star on your town's high school soccer team. You would have had certain
kinds of training before being selected for the position you play ("job") and might have
participated in several varsity competitions ("job experiences"). These skills would make
you attractive to coaches ("recruiters") from top notch colleges, who visit high schools to
observe players during games and to talk with them about their interest in applying to the
college they represent ("work place") and joining their soccer team.
Being recruited by a company is also one way that adults can get jobs, but in addition
people who are hiring may request resumes through web employment sites like Monster,
list a job opening in a newspaper or post information on a professional social networking
site. When seeking people for scientific positions, many people simply "network" with their
science friends to see who they know that is a specialist in the field of work they want
accomplished. Once connected, candidates are often interviewed to see what kinds of skills
and experiences they've had that make them a good choice for the job or position.
Instead of soccer skills, math and science courses or project experience may be desirable.
In this simulation, you will play the role of an interdisciplinary group of scientists that are
putting together a team to conduct polar research on global climate history. Data from the
past provides valuable information about long term patterns that may inform important
decisions for the future. You've scheduled a meeting with someone from another college
who is experienced in ice core drilling and research to see if he or she would make a good
partner for your project. Your existing science team has people with varied backgrounds in
biology, chemistry and physics. In order to ask intelligent questions and determine if ice
coring expertise would contribute to your project goals, you'll first need to do a little
background research and make sure that everyone is up to speed on how ice core evidence
can contribute to climate knowledge.
You'll be working in teams to do research on the following topics. A team rep should be
ready to summarize what you discover with others during the last few minutes of class.
After your teacher has assigned you, click the links below to find out more about
your Team's task and where you can go to find some initial information.
Who are the people involved?
(What are typical job roles on a polar research expedition?)
What are the scientists trying to discover?
Where have previous ice coring expeditions gone?
How are the cores extracted from the ice sheet or glacier?
When does this kind of research typically occur?
(Which times of the year or when during history?)
Why is ice core research important to climate science knowledge?