Science

Adaptation: Snowshoes Are Mandatory: Essential Questions By Sid Lucas

Essential Question: “Who is best adapted to stay on top of the snow in an arctic environment?” (Adaptation) by Sid Lucas Students use scientific media to determine the average weight and average surface area of the paws/hooves of various arctic animals.  The surface area to mass ratios are compared to quantify and rank how well …

Importance of Nutrition: Fuel for the Fire – Iditarod Nutrition Plan by Sid Lucas

Essential Question:  What role does nutrition play in an athletes performance? (Energy/Nutrition/Metabolism/Cellular Respiration)  By Sid Lucas Students use problem-based learning strategies to calculate dog food quantities necessary to supply the calories required for each food drop along the Iditarod Trail according to a race plan and run/rest schedule determined by an Iditarod musher. This lesson …

Cell Structure and Function: A Cell Metaphor: Each Has a Role in Reaching the Goal by Sid Lucas

Essential Question:  How do cells function? (Cell Structure and Function) By Sid Lucas Students will use the components of an Iditarod racing kennel and the functional role they play in building an Iditarod dog team, to create a metaphorical model of a cell and the functional role its organelles play in creating proteins. Students will …

Genetics/Selective Breeding/Inheritance: Who’s the Lead Dog? by Sid Lucas

Essential Question:  What does it take to build a dog team?  (Genetics/Selective Breeding/Inheritance) By Sid Lucas Students learn about the history and selective breeding of the Alaskan Husky sled dog by applying specific rules of inheritance and simulating a musher’s breeding program to achieve a lead dog with superior traits. Prior Knowledge: Students should have …

Blood Typing/Forensics/Immune Response: Murder Along the Iditarod Trail… By Sid Lucas

 Essential Question:  Who did it? What process do we follow to investigate?  (Blood Typing/Forensics/Immune Response) By Sid Lucas.  Students will investigate a simulated murder on the Iditarod Trail by performing a blood typing test and applying their understanding of blood type and the human immune system.  A Forensics Mystery This lesson is created for students …

Whatever Pulls Your Sled

Whatever Pulls Your Sled by Jeanine Wolf Students will test determine if the surface of an object will effect how much force it takes to pull that object.  They will then determine the most efficient way to attach the string to the object to reduce the necessary force and finally they will adjust the take …

Iditarod Science Fair

Take the Iditarod Science Fair Challenge! Submit an entry for the Virtual Iditarod Science Fair.   Get your thinking caps on and start planning!  Challenge your students to create their science project around discovery about the concepts of mushing and sled dogs. Submit Iditarod based Science Fair Project to be included in our Online Iditarod …

Friction, Sleds, and Why It’s Important to Get It Right

Trent Herbst, Iditarod veteran musher and Idaho teacher, shares a unique program with audiences focusing on a very hands-on experience for his 4th graders. The students choose a project to build and it’s ranged from rolling to floating to sliding vehicles. The sliding ones, the sleds they build, get pulled by a couple of Trent’s …

Forces of Flight Applied to My Sled

Lift, weight, thrust and drag are the four physical forces that make flight possible. Which of these physical forces can be applied to a dog sled as it glides along the trail? Teacher on the Trail™, Linda Fenton, posed that exact question to her third grade students while learning about and experimenting with the 4 …

Get Outside! Idita- Nature Project

IditaNature! Get Outside! View the IditaNature Project Carmen Field, with the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Kids in Nature launched an exciting new initiative for connecting children with nature during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  In the past several years, more than 300 Alaskan kids (preschoolers and elementary students) from schools in …