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 have also launched a Model Arctic Council expressly for undergraduate students as well. These innovative experiential learning programmes bring 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 classroom practice.  Polar Aspect’s founder and Managing Principal, Dr Anthony Speca, was formerly an assistant instructor at the University of Toronto and The Ohio State University, and he currently teaches at Norwich School in the UK.

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 at Colegio Ayalde (Spain)
  • NORMAC , since 2016 at Norwich School (UK)
  • NORMAC University , launched June 2019 at the University of East Anglia (UK), in collaboration with Trent University (Canada)
  • OMAC , in preparation for launch in February 2021 (online worldwide)
  • WYCOMAC , launched January 2020 at Wycombe Abbey (UK)

Polar Aspect also offer online training for prospective MAC delegates in collaboration with MUN Impact, with the first training round scheduled to launch in November 2020.

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:

  • Norwich School
  • University of Oxford
  • Trent University

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.