Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature
Students on Ice

Students on Ice

June 10, 2014 14:15 ET

Students on Ice Awards Vancouver Student with a Journey to the Arctic

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 10, 2014) - Emmanuel Tse of Vancouver, B.C. is the winner of a life-changing expedition with Students on Ice to explore the beauty and wonders of Canada's Eastern Arctic and western Greenland.

Tse won a spot on this summer's Students on Ice (SOI) Arctic Expedition for taking first place in the Expediton Arctic IQ contest-a quiz that was part of the recently launched virtual expedition website, ExpeditionArctic.ca, which follows SOI's Founder and Expedition Leader Geoff Green, scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) and two students as they journey through the Arctic. By participating in the national contest, Tse was challenged weekly over four months on his knowledge of the Arctic and succeeded in surpassing more than 130 contestants to win a spot on the 2014 Arctic Expedition.

"When I first heard about the expedition, I had never imagined that I would have the opportunity to be a participant!" exclaims Tse. "I am so grateful for the chance to embark on this expedition with exceptional professionals and other students, to go beyond what I have learned in the classroom and gain a greater appreciation of the Arctic and the extreme changes and challenges it faces."

Tse will be one of 85 youth from around the world aged 14-18 years on the educational journey of a lifetime! During the 14-day expedition from July 9 to 24 Tse will explore the communities, coasts, fiords, bays and islands of the Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador and the southern and western coasts of Greenland, ending above the Arctic Circle in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Tse and fellow expeditioners will engage in hands-on research and workshops, experience wildlife encounters and zodiac excursions to explore icebergs and remote locations, visit Arctic communities and acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change and the Arctic's important role in the global ecosystem.

"Emmanuel Tse has proven he has the passion and dedication to better understanding the Arctic's important role as a homeland, wilderness, frontier, laboratory and classroom and we are thrilled to have him on board!" says Founder and Expedition Leader Geoff Green. "Joined with students from around the world and a team of leading scientists, elders, artists, musicians and polar experts, Tse will foster a new understanding and appreciation for the Arctic and become inspired as a global ambassador."

Expedition Arctic is an educational website created jointly by SOI and the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN), in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) and Habitat Seven. Launched in January 2014, the site provides a journey through some of the Arctic's fragile ecosystems, natural history and climate change while virtually exploring Arctic landscapes with incredible photography and inspiring documentary video of participants on SOI's 2012 Arctic Expedition. Between January and May 15, 2014, visitors had the opportunity to compete for points to win a spot on SOI's 2014 Arctic Expedition.

"We congratulate Emmanuel for his dedication to learning about the Arctic," say Meg Beckel, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. "He now has a rare opportunity to experience firsthand the powerful pull of Canada's North, which our scientists have been exploring for more than 100 years in their quest to document, study and explain the diversity of this important part of our planet."

About Students on Ice (studentsonice.com)

Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Our goal is to provide youth from around the world with inspiring learning opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, help to foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.

Many students are fully supported to participate via scholarships that are funded through the Students on Ice Foundation, thanks to the generous private and public partnerships across Canada and internationally. Since 2000, Students on Ice has taken more than 2,500 students from 52 countries to the Polar Regions.

About the Canadian Museum of Nature (nature.ca)

The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 10.5 million specimen collection, education programmes, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca. The museum's collections of Arctic plants and fishes are among the best in the world.

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