North Pole Solo 2004


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Wave Vidmar

Wave Vidmar
1st American to attempt a solo unsupported expedition to the North Pole

Everyone is an explorer. How can you live your life...

Talk to Wave Live
Two lucky classrooms will have an opportunity to talk with Wave live from the North Pole via satellite phone!!!
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Students will gain knowledge and skills in the understanding of arctic ecosystems, oceanography, meteorology, communications, nutrition and cooperative research.

Discussion Questions:

  • What is the difference between the geographic north pole and the magnetic north pole?
  • Why are there no "markers" at the North Pole, like there are at the South Pole?
  • Ordinarily a compass would be the primary instrument for navigation and orientation over land. But because of the difference in location of the geographic north pole and the magnetic north pole, a compass is not entirely accurate or effective. What do you think Wave will use for navigation?
  • What type of vegetation and animals live at the North Pole?
  • What are the environmental conditions at the North Pole?
  • Average temperatures at the pole are -30F, and can go as low as -74F, with wind-chill can go as low as -150F. How do you think Wave will keep warm?
  • How many calories will Wave have the consume to have the energy to travel 660 miles in 60 days? What kind of foods do you think he will eat?
  • What items (i.e. shelter, food, cooking utensils, clothing) do you think Wave will need to survive for 60 days at the North Pole?
  • If you found yourself lost in the wilderness, what things would you do or not do to survive?

Suggested Activities:

  • Have the students make a chart or graph of the high and low temperatures in their city for 30 days.  Compare the temperatures of their city with other classrooms in different parts of the world.
  • Research the type of wildlife that can be found at the North Pole. What do these animals eat? Who are their predators?
  • Have students make a chart or graph of their own nutrition habits, by listing everything they eat and the time it is eaten. Look up the caloric value of each food. How many calories are they eating each day?
  • Have students research how many calories they burn during various activities.
  • Take the interactive Arctic quiz to learn about the factors that affect the annual mean temperature cycle in polar regions.
  • Gakkel Ridge is one of the least explored places on our world. View the video and the accompanying virtual slide show of this historic mission.

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