Arctic Adventure: A Virtual Expedition on the Ice Floes for Elementary School Kids
Accompanied by experienced divers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr, discover the pack ice and its animals with Arctic Adventure, an app designed for youngsters aged 8 to 12.
Before diving under the pack ice in search of animals, Jill and Mario present the stages of their journey to Nunavut, the various communities that welcomed and guided them, organization of the camp and, lastly, their diving equipment.
Then, thanks to impressive photos and videos, the application features five species of marine mammals that live on the pack ice or at the ice edge: belugas, seals, walrus, narwhals and polar bears.
For each species, you will learn more about its favourite food and how it communicates (with amazing sound recordings!). The game also provides answers to a host of questions, such as:
+How do belugas survive in such frigid waters?
+Which animals prey on seals and how do the latter protect themselves?
+What purpose do walrus and narwhal tusks serve?
+How big is a polar bear cub at birth?
Lastly, throughout the experience, the importance of pack ice for these animals and the impact of climate change are presented. Moreover, the application can accompany the documentary Under Thin Ice, a film on the melting ice in the Arctic, documented once again by divers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr.
To explore other ocean ecosystems, visit the Ocean School, an educational and interactive platform for high school students.
The Arctic Adventure app is available for free on Android and iOS. The documentary Under the Ice is available on Curio (accessible via certain schools and public libraries) and is available on CBC online.