MOSAiC Mondays

Are you an educator who wants to connect your classroom to one of the most extensive Arctic research expeditions ever conducted? We know you don't have a lot of extra time on your hands, so we want to make it easy for you. Each week, we'll provide you with short engagements (5-15 minutes) to connect your classroom to the MOSAiC research expedition. Check back here every Monday for quick engaging activities, short videos, real-time data from the ship, and more! Or, sign up to receive email reminders in your inbox every Monday.

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MOSAiC Monday - June 1, 2020
This week: Leg 4 is soon to begin as the Polarstern makes its way south to Svalbard to meet up with two resupply ships. Also, check out a new 360-degree MOSAiC video experience. And: Leg 3 Safety Leader Monica Votvik answers your questions about falling into the frigid Arctic water. Photo credit: Lianna Nixon

MOSAiC Monday - May 25, 2020
This week: Sea ice in the Arctic is getting younger. How does 'young' sea ice compare to 'old,' and why is this important? Also, learn how to make your own ice cores with brine channels. Finally, we answer your question about how a volcanic eruption could impact the Arctic and global climate. Photo credit: Esther Horvath

MOSAiC Monday - May 18, 2020
This week: Learn about the 'life cycles' of sea ice and the different forms it takes on its path to becoming full-fledged sheet ice. Also, how exactly do icebreakers break the ice? Photo credit: Anne Gold

MOSAiC Monday - May 11, 2020
This week, learn how the MOSAiC expedition has been weathering the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the Polarstern has drifted farther than expected - will it melt out of the sea ice early? And finally, registration is now open for virtual MOSAiC expedition workshops for teachers this summer! Photo credit: Christian Rohleder

MOSAiC Monday - May 4, 2020
This week: The Central Arctic may look barren, but there is life - polar bears, seals, Arctic foxes. What forms the base of food webs in the Central Arctic? The answer lies beneath the ice... Photo credit: Eric Brossier, courtesy Wageningen University & Research  

MOSAiC Monday - April 27, 2020
This week, we'll introduce you to Arctic ecosystems and adaptations that Arctic flora and fauna have for living in such an extreme environment. Also, read about one MOSAiC scientist's recent wildlife sighting, and check out our growing list of polar-related remote and virtual learning resources. Photo credit: Bouke ten Cate

MOSAiC Monday - April 20, 2020
This week: Learn about the latest with MOSAiC, piece together a puzzle to discover how scientists measure sea ice thickness, and learn what some students find most exciting about the expedition. Photo credit: Michael Gutsche

MOSAiC Monday - April 13, 2020
Did you know that ice forming in the Arctic drives the flow of ocean water all around the globe? This week, we'll explore this phenomenon and more. Also, learn what was on one MOSAiC team member's packing list and check out our new remote learning resources. Figure credit: Illustration by jg. Source for Earth's topology: NASA/JPL-Caltech 

MOSAiC Monday - April 6, 2020
This week: Did you know the oceans are constantly in motion? Learn how explorers in the late 1800s discovered one of the most important currents in the Arctic, and why that was important for the MOSAiC expedition. Also, check out our latest remote learning resources, including a brand new 360-degree virtual expedition on the ice with MOSAiC. Image credit: Fluid Earth Viewer

MOSAiC Monday - March 30, 2020
Put on your dry suits - this week we're diving into the Arctic Ocean! Also, MOSAiC scientists and crew answer questions about work shifts and how the ship and equipment is powered. Finally, we'll be continuously updating a list of at-home and virtual polar-related learning resources that both kids and adults can engage with. Image credit: IBCAO

MOSAiC Monday - March 23, 2019
Looking for MOSAiC, Arctic, and polar-related educational resources to engage with at home? Check out this week's MOSAiC Monday for links to videos, activities, virtual engagements, and more! Image credit: AWI

MOSAiC Monday - March 16, 2020
This week, we bring you a monthly expedition update. Leg III of MOSAiC has officially begun, and the sun is back! Also, learn what precautionary measures MOSAiC is taking with the coronavirus outbreak, engage your students in some new MOSAiC math problems, and read how one MOSAiC team member feels about being so far away from his family. Photo credit: Michael Gutsche

MOSAiC Monday - March 9, 2020
This week: The atmosphere, part 3. What are clouds, how do they form, and why are MOSAiC scientists so interested in them in the Arctic? Is there a correlation between cloud cover and things like temperature? Also, we answer your question about the connection between Arctic sea ice and the atmosphere. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory

MOSAiC Monday - March 2, 2020
This week: The atmosphere, part 2 - What is air pressure, and what does it have to do with weather? Also, MOSAiC team members answer your questions about wifi on the ship and why a buoy is called a buoy. Photo credit: Esther Horvath

MOSAiC Monday - February 24, 2020
This week: The atmosphere is an important component of Earth's climate system and a key science focus area of the MOSAiC expedition. Learn more about this thin veneer of gases and other things that is crucial to our survival. Also, we answer your questions about what happens when someone on the Polarstern gets sick. Photo credit: AWI

MOSAiC Monday - February 17, 2020
This week: MOSAiC Leg II is coming to an end as the Russian support icebreaker Dranitsyn is making its way to the Polarstern with Leg III participants. Also, a furry midnight visitor was caught on camera, and MOSAiC team members answer three of your questions! Photo credit: AWI

MOSAiC Monday - February 10, 2020
The high albedo of sea ice and low albedo of ocean water can lead to interesting changes in Earth's climate system - this week, learn about the ice-albedo feedback. Also, MOSAiC scientists answer your questions about living in darkness and cracks in the ice. Figure credit: AWI

MOSAiC Monday - February 3, 2020
This week: Learn about an important component of Earth's energy budget with a fancy name: ALBEDO. And, MOSAiC scientist Julienne Stroeve answers your question about how heavy scientific equipment on the ice is. Also, submit your artwork to the new Museum of MOSAiC Art! Photo credit: Esther Horvath

MOSAiC Monday - January 27, 2020
This week we'll introduce you to Earth's energy budget, an important science focus area of MOSAiC. Also, learn more about why scientists are interested in exploring the Arctic and how "warm" the Arctic gets. Finally, we're excited to announce we're launching the Museum of MOSAiC Art - find out how you can contribute artwork to one of our virtual galleries! Photo credit: Marcel Nicolaus 

MOSAiC Monday - January 20, 2020
This week: MOSAiC builds an airplane runway and battles a furry white menace. Can you figure out how thick sea ice must be to support an airplane landing on it? Also, learn more about MOSAiC's partnership with Reach the World. Photo credit: Michael Gallagher

MOSAiC Monday - January 13, 2020
In 2019, 20 early career scientists from around the world joined the first six weeks of the MOSAiC expedition on the icebreaker Fedorov. This week, learn more about the MOSAiC School 2019 and the experiences of the participants. Photo courtesy of APECS

MOSAiC Monday - January 6, 2020
This week, learn more about the 1893 Fram expedition to the Arctic by immersing yourself in a 360-degree virtual experience! Photo credit: Anne Gold

MOSAiC Monday - December 30, 2019
This week, we bring you our favorite moments from MOSAiC Monday 2019 and preview what's to come in 2020.

MOSAiC Monday - December 23, 2019
This week: Leg II of the MOSAiC expedition begins! Learn what participants have been up to and how they feel being so far from home. Image credit: AWI

MOSAiC Monday - December 16, 2019
The Polarstern is still in complete darkness, but change is slowly coming. This week: What is the winter solstice? Also, how many people are on the ship at a time? Photo credit: AWI

MOSAiC Monday - December 9, 2019
Leg II of the MOSAiC expedition is about to begin! This week, learn about buoys and look at some of the data coming in from MOSAiC buoys that were deployed in the Arctic. Also, MOSAiC scientist Dr. Marcel Nicolaus answers your question about changing sea ice. Photo credit: M. Gallagher

MOSAiC Monday - December 2, 2019
Who owns the Arctic? This week, we dive into that very tricky question, and explore why this is becoming more relevant as the seasonal Arctic sea ice shrinks. Image credit: European Parliamentary Research Service

MOSAiC Monday - November 25, 2019
This week we bring you a MOSAiC expedition week 10 update. Learn how the MOSAiC team has had to adapt to changing Arctic conditions and what they do to relax and have fun when they're not hard at work. Photo credit: Katharina Weiss-Tuider

MOSAiC Monday - November 18, 2019
This week, learn more about Arctic indigenous peoples and how their ways of life are being impacted by climate change. Also, fly through the Arctic in an immersive 360-degree video! Photo credit: Museum for Culture and Science

MOSAiC Monday - November 11, 2019
This week, explore why the Arctic experiences such extreme changes in day length throughout the year. And: We want your feedback! Let us know how MOSAiC Monday can best serve you.

MOSAiC Monday - November 4, 2019
This week: Check in with the MOSAiC expedition and learn what scientists have been up to. Also, scientist Emelia Chamberlain answers your question about Arctic wildlife.

MOSAiC Monday - October 28, 2019
This week: How is the climate changing, and what is going on in the Arctic?

MOSAiC Monday: October 21, 2019
This week: What is climate, and how is it different from weather? Also, read about two furry visitors that have been checking out the Polarstern.

MOSAiC Monday: October 14, 2019
What will the MOSAiC scientists be studying during the year-long expedition? How exactly do we define the Arctic region? Find out in this week's MOSAiC Monday.

MOSAiC Monday: October 7, 2019
This week: The MOSAiC expedition begins its drift! And: How do you prepare for a year-long Arctic research expedition? Photo credit: JR Ancheta, UAF

MOSAiC Monday: September 30, 2019
This week, learn about the Arctic expedition 125 years ago that inspired MOSAiC: Set sail with Fridtjof Nansen and the Fram!

MOSAiC Monday: September 23, 2019
This week, watch the expedition launch, take a 3D tour of the Polarstern, and submit your questions to MOSAiC scientists. Photo credit: Stefan Hendricks, AWI

MOSAiC Monday: September 16, 2019
This edition of MOSAiC Monday features a Planetarium show trailer, a map where you and your students can track the Polarstern, and more.