Science

Turn On the Lights!

Late January is a difficult time of year; all of the bright holiday lights have come down as the snow, slush, and cold have settled in, and any sign of spring is too far away to see. Finding a way through this long stretch is possible, especially when we focus on the inner light that …

Light Up The Night!

Last year, as a finalist for the position of 2023 Teacher on the Trail, I visited Alaska from February 26 through March 7, 2022. I fielded many questions about the experience, but one that always seemed to crop up was, “How much daylight did you have? Because it must have been pretty dark up there …

Reaching the Finish Line

Can you imagine what it must feel like to reach the finish line of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race? Imagine coming up the hill that transitions between the Bering Coast and the city of Nome. Imagine running down Front Street, your eyes resting on the Burled Arch, knowing you and your team had accomplished what …

STEM: Light up the Checkpoints

Students will create paper circuits to light up checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail. Grade Level – 3rd – 5th Topic: Electrical Circuits / Measurement Students will gain an understanding of electrical circuits by creating an electrical circuit to light up an Iditarod checkpoint. Students will practice their measuring skills. Students will become familiar with the …

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 …

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail: STEM/Science Focus

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail by Kelly Shusko, Colonial School District, Delaware *This lesson was created for Kindergarten students but is applicable for other grade levels. Standards and Application of lesson: Stem/Science/Social Studies- Geography, Social Emotional Learning The purpose of this lesson is to have students plan and carry out an investigation about …

Idita-Vation: Innovation on the Iditarod Trail

Iditarod Mushers are naturally Design Thinkers. They are constantly thinking and  looking for ways to make things more efficient, more cost-effective, more comfortable… safer, faster, easier. So why not give your students real life design challenges centered around problems that mushers face daily in their training and racing? The lesson plan features a challenge centered …

Idita-Boxes: Tinkering Along the Trail

Mushers are constantly tinkering – working on ways to build better sleds, harnesses, cookers, dog jackets, etc… Your students are also natural tinkers too – always playing and fiddling around with found objects…. Why not mesh the two together with these Iditarod Inspired Tinker Tubs? Students will be provided materials to try to build various …

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 …