EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION

Polar Aspect are passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the Arctic amongst youth. We aim to inspire secondary-school pupils and university students to learn more about the Arctic, its special challenges, and the peoples who call it home.

With these goals in mind, we created the world’s only Model Arctic Council conferences for secondary-school pupils, and we also design and run Model Arctic Council for undergraduate students. These innovative experiential learning programmes bring pupils and students together to consider up-to-the-minute Arctic issues, and to hone their skills at persuasion, negotiation and consensus-building, as they play the roles of diplomats attending a simulated cycle of Arctic Council meetings. In addition to Model Arctic Council, we also visit schools and universities to offer guest teaching about Arctic issues.

Our educational work is grounded in actual practice.  Polar Aspect’s founder and Managing Principal, Dr Anthony Speca, is both a secondary-school teacher at Norwich School in the UK, and an Adjunct Professor at Trent University in Canada.

MODEL ARCTIC COUNCIL

Sicne 2016, Polar Aspect have created, launched and continue to manage the following online and in-person Model Arctic Council (MAC) programmes:

  • MAC Bilbao , since 2018, in collaboration with Colegio Ayalde (Spain)
  • NORMAC , since 2016, in collaboration with Norwich School (UK)
  • NORMAC University , launched June 2019, in collaboration with Trent University (Canada) and the University of East Anglia (UK)
  • OMAC , in preparation for launch online in February 2021 (worldwide)
  • OMAC Delegate Training , launched November 2020, in collaboration with MUN Impact (worldwide)
  • TRYKOMAC, in preparation for launch online in March 2021, in collaboration with Trent University (Canada) and Yukon University (Canada)
  • WYCOMAC , launched January 2020, in collaboration with Wycombe Abbey (UK)

GUEST TEACHING

Polar Aspect are enthusiastic about bringing the Arctic into the classroom.  Polar Aspect Managing Principal Dr Anthony Speca has appeared as a guest teacher at the following educational institutions:

  • Arctic State Agrotechnological University (Russia)
  • Norwich School (UK)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • Trent University (Canada)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

To get a better sense of the unique learning experience offered by Polar Aspect’s Model Arctic Council conferences, please visit the website of our flagship conferences, Norwich Model Arctic Council and Norwich Model Arctic Council for University .  You can also browse a record of our MACs and other educational engagements in our news feed.  If you require any further information, or if you wish to discuss how Polar Aspect’s educational innovation can be of service to you or your organisation, please do not hesitate to contact us.