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This site is a project of the Science and Numeracy Special Collection, National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). The special collection provides online science and numeracy resources and curricular materials for teachers, tutors, learners, and others who are interested in adult literacy and numeracy programs.


Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic
Between 1992 and 2005, a number of K-12 educators were selected to accompany scientists on research expeditions to Antarctica and to the Arctic. This Web site features resources and materials collected for and about the TEA program.


The US Antarctic Program Funded by the U.S. Government's National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The USAP carries forward the nation's goal of supporting the Antarctic Treaty, fostering cooperative research with other nations, protecting the Antarctic environment, and conserving living resources.


Literacyworks  Literacyworks, an educational nonprofit organization, was created to address the unmet needs of underprivileged and underrepresented adults, families, and children.  By using educational technology to increase the quality, availability, and accessibility of literacy curriculum for individuals with low literacy skills, Literacyworks is helping people secure better jobs, become better parents, and contribute more to their community. 

Susan Cowles provides the learning activities and other content for the Polar Science Station website. She went to Palmer Station, Antarctica in 2002 as a participant in “Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic”. That expedition resulted in the special report, “POP Goes Antarctica”. Susan is the project director for the Science & Numeracy Special Collection.  For many years, she taught classes in adult basic skills development at Linn-Benton Community College, Corvallis, Oregon.

Max Ferman  Art Director, Literacyworks.

Cheshire Dave Beckerman was the original art director of Polar Science Station as well as many other Literacyworks Web sites that focus on adult literacy