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Melissa Lau's Polar TREC Adventure
Posted on 08/09/2018
Melissa Lau's Polar TREC Adventure

Melissa Lau, Piedmont Intermediate 6th grade Science teacher, spent the summer embarking on an adventure! After completing an extensive application and interview process, she has been selected for Polar TREC-- Teachers and Researchers Exploring & Collaborating. As part of a National Science Foundation Grant, teachers become researchers, right along-side other scientists.

Mrs. Lau and her team of scientists were stationed on the northern slope at the Toolik Research Station, and in Barrow, Alaska. They studied climate change and it's effect on plants; and how that, in turn, affects the ecosystem. Mrs. Lau's Oklahoma address brought another plus to the research situation. She and her fellow scientists were able to make connections between climate change in the Tundra and the changes happening right here, over 3,000 miles away from the research station.

While her students were enjoying summer camps and swimming, Mrs. Lau was bundled up for high temperatures in the 30s and 40s. It was all worth it to this teacher/ scientist-- she excited to bring the experience back to her students. You can read more about Mrs. Lau's Polar TREC expedition on her journal page at and on Facebook at "Mrs. Lau's Alaskan Adventure".

Be sure to watch Mrs. Lau's recent interviews on KOCO Channel 5 and KWTV Channel 9!

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