Posted by: csdailyblog | February 23, 2012

Antarctic Exploration at Conserve

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This week in History of Wilderness Exploration class, CS4 students spent most of the afternoon cutting blocks of ice out of Big Donahue Lake. You are probably asking yourself, “Why were students cutting blocks of ice during history class?”

….and no we are not cutting ice to use as refrigeration this summer (although, it would help to save on energy consumption), but…

Currently in history class, the CS4 students are reading the book Endurance, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing, and were cutting ice blocks this week to experience what it might have been like for polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27-member crew in the early 1900’s.  Shakleton and his crew set sail in December 1914 to explore Antarctica.  Shortly after they set out for this adventure, their ship named “Endurance” became captured by the ice in the Wendell Sea.  There were days when they thought it might be possible to cut their way through the ice to free the ship to open water.  With much determination and hope, Shakleton and his crew attempted to free Endurance, but failed.

As the students found out earlier this week, cutting blocks of ice was not an easy task at all.  It took a lot of teamwork, problem-solving skills, determination, experiencing what icy water feels like, and hard work to cut and move blocks of ice off Big Donahue Lake at Conserve School.  As one of the students mentioned during this experience in history class, “I cannot imagine trying to cut ice like this to try to free a ship.  It must have been so frustrating for Shackleton and his crew to see open water so close, but not be able to get to it.”


~Graduate Fellow Laura


Explanation for the Abraham Lincoln pictures in this blog post: History Teacher Michael Salat invited Abe Lincoln (played by Michael Salat) to present his Gettysburg Address at the beginning class on Tuesday in light of Presidents’ Day.





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