The Offshore New Harbor Expedition is collaborating with NASA to collect temperature data from places selected by students and teachers, just like you. All you have to do is send us a design for an experiment and where you would like us to collect the data.
Dr. Peter Wasilewski a NASA scientist and director of the History of Winter (HOW), is teaming up with the ONH Expedition by supplying small penny-size temperature recording data devices, called thermochrons. They record time and temperature, storing these readings for later analysis by you. They can go almost anywhere as they are water resistant.
We will connect them to our computers to download the data, which will be there put on this website. They will be then returned to collect more data either in the same location or if you (students and teachers) suggest another location. We hope to collect temperature data for an experiment that you will design (see below), we will be happy to set up the experiment for you.
We can put the thermochrons in places around the camp, places on and in the sea ice, and even on us that will tell something about the weather and environmental changes we experience while out on the sea ice in Antarctica. Here are some locations that we have picked out, with some examples of experiments. We would enjoy hearing from you with your own ideas for experiments using these thermochrons.
Thermochron Station 1: In the coat of Andrea Balbas (Queens College undergraduate student)
When Andrea arrives at McMurdo Station (the largest station in Antarctica), she will be undergoing a full range of classes that includes two days of survival school and sea ice training before she heads out with the rest of the team to our remote field camp. Click for the data and science experiments and activities.
Thermochron Stations 2 & 3: one will be placed at the top and one on the bottom of the sleeping tents (called a Scott Tent)
Scott tents are unheated two person tents. Click for the data and science experiments and activities.
Thermochron Stations 4 & 5: one will be placed at the top and one on the bottom of the dining tent (called a Rac Tent)
Rac tents are partially heated and are around 20 feet long and about 16 feet wide. Click for the data and science experiments and activities.
Propose an experiment for the science team to carry out in Antarctica. Click on how you can be scientist and design the experiment. Click here to learn how you can be part of creating science.