UAF releases snow activity kits

    “The kits are family oriented. The idea is that a child does this with their parents or their brothers and sisters,” said Matthew Sturm, leader of the Geophysical Institute’s Snow Group.(Photo Credit: UAF/GI JR Ancheta.)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the release of new snow activity kits that aim to inform students about snow as well as Alaska Native culture.

    The kit was produced by the UAF Geophysical Institute and the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

    The kit includes activities in five subjects: snowflakes, insulation, animal tracks, water and ice and walking on snow. Each kit includes some supplies and a 20-page booklet designed by the Ohio center that includes instructions, subject discussion, and information about Alaska Native culture.

    The University says the kits are geared for students from mid-elementary grades to junior high school, but also says the information is useful for anyone wanting to know more about snow and Alaska Native culture.

    “It highlights a lot of Alaska, both the culture and the climate,” said Serina Wesen, who helped create the kits as education and outreach designer with the Geophysical Institute’s Snow, Ice and Permafrost Group.

    Several Alaska Natives participated in the project to ensure the accurate presentation of their cultures.

    The Geophysical Institute will have 300 kits available on a first-come, first-served basis through a grant from the National Science Foundation, and the hope is to find additional funding to manufacture more kits. The Center of Science and Industry paid for its own allotment of the kits.

    Alaskans who would like a kit can fill out this form at the website of Our Winter World, a partnership of the Geophysical Institute, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Center of Science and Industry.

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