In a Reddit AMA hosted by US APECS for International Polar Week, Jillian, a public school teacher in the US, asked me to answer questions about measuring penguins and other Antarctic creatures. My stories are pretty tame compared to what I've heard from other researchers, so I'm reaching out to ask all of you to also answer her questions so her students can share in your fun!
How you can help:
I'm a public school teacher in Branford, Connecticut (USA!) and for my Master's program I'm creating a unit to implement in the classroom on measurement. Unfortunately, my classroom isn't able to do a live Skype interview, so I have some questions from the kids that I would like to ask on their behalf! We are focused on how do you use measurements, what kind of tools do you use, and why it is important. We have studied measurements like: distance, length, time, and weight.
Here are the questions I would like to ask:
1) Who are you and what do you do?
2) What is Antarctica like?
3) What kinds of penguins are there? [author's note: Don't worry, folks - I've got this one covered!]
4) What kinds of things do you measure an an Antarctic ecologist?
4b) How do you measure wild animals?
5) What tools do you use to take measurements?
5b) Do you use metric or US Standard?
6) Why is it important to take these measurements?
7) What is the coolest thing you ever measured?
8) What is the smallest thing you ever measured?
9) What is the biggest thing you ever measured?
Thank you so much for your help!