Eighteen years of Arctic expeditions linked with student and classrooms - here at PolarHusky.com we have been involved with online learning and annual high Arctic expeditions since 1992, practically from the day it was even possible to send out anything by satellite from the field.
In 1992 the computer was a 50 lbs. metal box built by US military agents and powered by three people taking turns on a hand-cranker outside the tent. A ten minute window catching a satellite on the horizon would allow for a four-letter predetermined code to be sent out. Then, in 1995 we were part of the team that sent out the first digital photo from the North Pole and within a few years PolarHusky.com came to be.
In 2001, we facilitated the first-ever adventure learning program, Arctic Blast 2001, traveling by dog team on a 4-month journey, 2000 miles from Churchill, Manitoba to the most northern community of North America, Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island, Canada. This ground-breaking program was utilized in 1000 + classrooms.
Watch Arctic Blast 2001 on National Geographic Channel
With Arctic Blast 2001 here at PolarHusky.com, we were the first to introduce the use of Collaboration Zones and Online Chats as adventure learning teaching tools in K-12.
Pimagihowin 2002 and 2003 were two 12 week adventure learning programs traveling with the Oji-Cree in the Hudson Bay region of the Nishnawbee-Aski Nation in the heart of Manitoba, Canada and along the entire coast of Hudson Bay for two winters.
Arctic Transect 2004 was a 6-month, 2000 mile traverse of Nunavut in the high Canadian Arctic. This program cemented the outreach of adventure learning with 1800 schools participating. Outside the classroom walls it garnered more than 20 million online visitors, 95 million media impressions, and speaking engagements to Senators at Capitol Hill and House of Lords, London (UK). The program earned the IBM Beacon Award as the premier K-12 initiative worldwide utilizing IBM and the site at PolarHusky.com was selected Yahoo Site resulting in 1 million unique visitors in a single day.Arctic Transect 2004 was a 6-month, 2,000 mile traverse of the Canadian Arctic from Yellowknife, NWT to Pond Inlet, Nunavut.
In 2006 we launched the GoNorth! adventure learning series, a five-part, five-year journey around the circumpolar Arctic.
The first of the five programs in the series, GoNorth! Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 2006 took place in 2006. In real time, a team of educators and explorers traveled by dog sled the very heart of Alaska across the northeastern corner of Alaska - 5000 ft over Brooks Mountain Range through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - to their final location of Prudhoe Bay on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. Stopping at five Native communities (and one oil platform) along the way this program set out to explore the role of oil exploration on a quest for sustainable development of earth's natural resources.
GoNorth! Chukotka 2007, the second program in the GoNorth! adventure learning series, is described by many as the most nerve-wrecking program to date. Traveling to what is considered the most remote Arctic region proved no easy task. But the journey to Chukotka in far-eastern Russia also proved to be of magnificient beauty, much excitement and warm hospitality as our team explored our use of mineral resources.
The third program in the series, GoNorth! Fennoscandia 2008 saw the team travel a 1000-mile journey dog sledding across Arctic Sweden, Finland and Norway in the Sápmi region with the Sámi people investigation the issues of de-forestation.
The fourth program in the series, GoNorth! Nunavut 2009 had the Polar Huskies return to Nunavut in Canada, setting out to explore the consequences of transboundary pollution, while traveling across the spine of Baffin Island and up the coast of the Arctic Ocean and Baffin Bay in the land of the Inuktitut people.
The final program in the GoNorth! adventure learning series brings focus to our oceans and on Greenland, or Kalaallit Nunaat and the Kalaallit people as we explore best approach to sustainable development of the ocean's resources.
Featured past programs:
GoNorth! Chukotka 2007
This free adventure learning program was focused on a journey to the most remote Arctic region. The team traveled to Chukotka in Russia.
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GoNorth! Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 2006
This free adventure learning program was focused on a four-month 750 mile transect of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The team traveled from Circle to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Learn more >>
Arctic Transect 2004:
An Educational Exploration of Nunavut
This free adventure learning program was focused on a six-month 2,200 mile transect of the newest territory in the Canadian Arctic - Nunavut. The team traveled from Yellowknife, NWT to Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. Learn more >>