Topic: Earth & Space Sciences Subtopic: Earth's History

Case Study

of an Exhibition

by Graziano Scotto di Clemente

Published on November 23, 2007, Modified on November 23, 2007

  • Description and goals

    Open day in the laboratories: Paleontology (micro and macro), Chronostratigraphy (paleomagnetism),Geochemistry and Petrology, Sedimentology,Drilling tecnology, with the scientists of Andrill Project in Mc Murdo Station. Some didactic exhibits for primary and secondary schools with the teachers of Arise Project. ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) is a multinational collaboration comprised of more than 200 scientists, students, and educators from four nations (Germany, Italy, New Zealand and the United States) to recover stratigraphic records from the Antarctic margin. Specific science objectives of the MSP include:

    •obtain high-resolution sediment cores that record major glacial events and transitional periods over the past 40 million years;
    •determine orbital and sub-orbital glacio-climatic fluctuations that vary on 100,000, 40,000, and 20,000 year cycles
    •obtain a refined record of the onset and development of the East Antarctic ice sheet (EAIS) 40 million years ago
    •identify how the Antarctic region responded to past events of global warmth
    •derive a detailed history of Antarctic Holocene environmental change at the end of the last glaciation
    •and test global linkages between climate changes in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. ANDRILL has established an immersion experience for science educators (ARISE) to facilitate development of mechanisms and materials to effectively connect ANDRILL with the public. The program will provide science educators with an inside view of ANDRILL, will engage them in authentic Antarctic geoscience, and will utilize their expertise in education to develop and implement innovative approaches to geoscience education and public outreach. Elements of the program include: on and off-ice research experience, an Antarctic geoscience course, and an educational working group.

  • Development process and challenges

    This exibition was created by the group of teachers and scientists who are working in Mc Murdo Station to show and to explane to the other workers and people of Antarctic base what are the significance, the tecnology and the scientific topics of Andrill project.For the Arise group it could be a good test of our didactic ideas on a simple itinerary on polar science for pupils. The main challenge: to be able to explain and to show the net of knowledges, the collaborations between different disciplines to understand what happened in the past and what can happen in the future.

  • Lessons learned, mistakes we made (and what we did about them)

    The main problem was the limitated time of the exhibits. In an afternoon we met more then hundred people, very interested to see and to understand what we are doing in our research. It was necessary more time for every group (around ten-twelve people each) to use our instruments, to organize better the informations…

  • Exhibition Opened: November 2007

  • Traveling Exhibition: No

  • Location: Mc Murdo Station - Antarctica

  • Size: Less than 1,000

  • Website(s):

Latest Comments (2)

Cool! (Literally...)

by Paul Orselli - November 27, 2007

Nice job. It looks like a science fair with real scientists. Is there documentation an/or directions for replication of your exhibits in a particular section of the ANDRILL website?

Andrill exhibits

by Graziano Scotto di clemente - November 27, 2007

The URL is
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