Today Scientists moved onto the ship, The Healy.
They were given room assignments, and then headed down to the lab to unpack and set up.
Setting up a laboratory on a ship is hard work! The equipment is in the hold (lowest deck) and must be brought up to the lab. There are hundreds of boxes and bins that have to be moved around and unpacked.
There are many different groups of scientists on the ship. They’re from many different colleges across the United States and Canada.
They are coming together to learn about the ice in the Arctic. While on the ship, it’s important for the scientists to get along with one another.

The lab is coming together!

They will be sharing a rather small laboratory space for six weeks. Much of the equipment will also be shared.
Once the labs are set-up and the ship is underway, the scientists will wait for their first station. A station is when the ship stops in the middle of the frozen ocean. The scientists will go onto the ice with their equipment and take samples. The samples will be taken into the lab and the experiments will begin!

About The Author

Jan Arrigo

Jan currently teaches Kindergarten and First grade in Palo Alto, CA. She looks forward to a new challenge in the Fall of both Second and Fourth grades. Her main focus on the Healy will be to bring real world Science to elementary school students through text, pictures, videos and live streaming.

6 Responses

  1. Sheila Castro

    Thanks Jan for doing – It is so great to hear what is happening on the Healy! I did not know the “hold” was the lowest deck :)


  2. Elisabeth & Emma L.

    Jan … this is soooo awesome! We loved seeing the pictures of the bald eagles and majestic mountains of Alaska. We were wondering, what is the food like on the ship? And how cold is it? How many layers of clothing are you wearing? Sending big, warm hugs to you …

    • Jan Nash-Arrigo

      Hi Elisabeth and Emma,
      It’s not too cold right now- above freezing. However, we have experienced some very cold temps. one day it was about 3 degrees F. when we were out on the ice. I’m looking forward to the warmth of P.A. when I return. It is turning out to be an amazing journey!!

  3. Gabi Schollmeier

    thanks for interviewing my daughter Tanja. I was completely surprised to see her on Your hompage. Your speciel hompage is great and gives me the opportunity to follow my daughter`s journey very close and with lots of informations.
    All the best from Germany !!

    • Jan Nash-Arrigo

      Hi Gabi,
      I’m so happy this helped you to learn about the work your daughter is doing! Tanja is fantastic and I’ve learned a lot from her.


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