Ice Worlds - view the trailer!
An Award-Winning Fulldome Production
Our featured presentation, Ice Worlds, premiered at planetariums worldwide starting in fall 2008. Ice Worlds is the recipient of 5 Telly Awards. As a full-dome production, Ice Worlds unlocks the magnificence of our icy regions at the poles of the Earth.
Welcome to IPY
What is IPY?
The International Polar Year (IPY) is a collaborative, international effort focusing on research in the Arctic and Antarctic—the polar regions.
The first International Polar Year (IPY) occurred in 1882-83 as an inspiration of Karl Weyprecht, an Austro-Hungarian navy officer. Fifty years later (1932-1933) a second IPY occurred.
The fourth International Polar Year began in March 2007 through March 2009. Events include traversing across the Antarctic Ice Shelf, exploring Ice Sheets, and studying this fragile environment. Discoveries will inform us for years to come long after IPY is over. Learn more...
Why study the polar regions?
These regions best represent many unique phenomena of our planet Earth. Their location at the extremes of the Earth's magnetic field lines makes them a source of key informaton about our planet, it's past, and our future. Thick glaciers hold water and air trapped from ancient times. The climatic changes in this region are good indicators of what to expect in the future.
And most important of all, can we benefit from what we have learned from "Polar Science"? Can we slow down human impacts on this area?
Still wondering... why are we celebrating the polar regions?
The Adventure Kit for teachers and students is coming soon, with activities for all ages. Learn a bit more about "the Poles."
Ever try a Polar Bear swim? Why do we get cold but the polar bears don't?
Are they in hot water right now?
Wonder how far a penguin could swim?