Coole Klassen


Meetings for all participants:

1. Meeting: Saturday, February 17th 2007,  9am - 4 pm, Freie Waldorfschule Hannover-Bothfeld, Weidkampshaide 17, 30659 Hannover

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2. Meeting: Saturday, September 22nd 2007, Hannover

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Workshops will be conducted to both, prepare expeditions, as well as compile and analyse the results. All expedition participants will be invited to workshops. Details about dates and times will be posted here.

1. Workshop January/February 07: Planning and Organisation of the programme


Working groups:
Workshop participants will form a small subgroup that will take responsibility for the selection procedure and evaluation of reports.

1. Working meeting of teacher committee, April 27th 2007:

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2. Working meeting of teacher committee, September 7h 2007 in Frankfurt:

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The tasks:

Teachers and students

  • Will participate actively in scientific research programmes
  • Will develop their own project ideas for this purpose
  • Will establish partnerships with participating schools in Germany, Europe and the polar regions (Polar School Network)
  • Will develop collaboration with scientific institutions 



  • Will participate actively in international expeditions and collaborate with researchers (Arctic, Antarctic)
  • Will stay in contact with their students in Germany during that time
  • Will integrate expedition results in their curriculum
  • Will edit the findings for text books
  • Will make an attempt to integrate polar subjects into syllabuses, guidelines and core curricula


The goals:

In Germany, polar regions are not explicitly represented in school curricula, and polar science is only taught in individual cases. Consequently, young people are not fully aware of polar regions and their present-day significance. Therefore, the opportunities provided by the Polar Year will be utilised to establish long-term partnerships between school groups and scientific institutions in Germany and Europe. School teachers will be able to participate directly in international scientific research projects so that they, as communicators, can develop exciting concepts for in-class science projects in schools. The goal of this initiative is to develop a new image of polar regions, to provide direct, project-based involvement of school classes in the Polar Year, and to establish and network schools with a polar profile.

Within the European framework, school projects will be conducted before, during and after an expedition. Experiences may be exchanged internationally. The central forum for all participating teachers and schools will be a web portal provided by the European Science Foundation. As one of the long-term benefits of the Polar Year, materials and subjects developed during the project will be edited didactically by participating teachers, and teaching curricula and text books updated. Networks and partnerships will continue beyond the duration of the Polar Year.

Project period: January 2007 to December 2009


European context: 

The project ‘Cool classes’ is integrated into a European collaboration. Partnering European Union countries are developing school programmes with similar goals as the ‘Cool classes’ project. The European cooperation has been initiated by the European Polar Board in Brussels.


Additional Information may be found at:


Participation in scientific expeditions:

We are in the process of obtaining funding for teacher participation in scientific expeditions. Any openings will be announced here:


Application Procedure:

Applications are invited from interested teachers of geography, biology, chemistry, physics and social studies. Applications should focus on the expedition topic so as to allow integration and networking.



  • Openings for teachers will be offered within a particular subject framework.
  • Teachers  build on the subject and develop their own cooperation proposals which
  • Will be sent to the coordinator as an application
  • The application should contain:
    • Subject of the cooperation proposal
    • Proposed activities during the expedition
    • Anticipated results
  • Application deadlines will be posted here
  • There will be a selection process 


Selection criteria:

Generally, applications suitable in terms of matching the expedition topic will be ranked by quality.



Spring 2007 and 2008: Development of teacher research programmes
Summer 2007 and 2008: Arctic expeditions
Winter 2007/08 and 2008/09: Antarctic expeditions
Autumn 2007 and 2008: Review and analysis of Arctic expeditions
Spring/summer 2008 and 2009: Review and analysis of Antarctic expeditions
Autumn 2009: Overall compilation of results



Funding has been requested. Currently, travel expenses to expedition locales and departure ports are still under consideration. Base funding for workshops and meetings of working groups has been applied for but participants will be expected to contribute to travel expenses to and from workshops and meetings.

Health requirements:

Participants must be sufficiently healthy and physically fit to venture into polar regions. As for scientific staff, a medical check is mandatory.