Bancroft of Minnesota and Liv Arnesen of Norway on their
100-day, 2,400-mile trek across Antarctica—in an average
temperature of -30 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds
gusting up to 100 miles per hour.
they were young girls, former teachers Ann and
Liv dreamed of exploring remote parts of the
world. Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen will make
history as they achieve the longest ever ski
trek by women and become the first all-woman
team to cross Antarctica.
By using the Expedition to expand the walls
of the classroom, Ann and Liv's goal is twofold:
to inspire and promote the achievement of dreams
for schoolchildren, and to make classroom
learning exciting for teachers and children
around the globe.
1986 Ann Bancroft was the first woman to travel
over the ice to the North Pole. Ann and Liv have
each led world-famous expeditions to the South
Pole, Ann's in 1993 and Liv's 1994.
November 2000 Ann and Liv will fly to the Blue 1
Runway of the Fimbul Ice Shelf in Queen Maud
Land, Antarctica. They will ski 1,500 miles
along the Sigyn Glacier to the South Pole. The
explorers will ski 900 miles across the Axel
Heiberg Glacier to McMurdo Station on the Ross
Ice Shelf. They will complete their traverse in
February 2001 at McMurdo, then fly to
Christchurch, New Zealand to celebrate, and then
home to the United States and Norway.
explorers will supplement the curriculum by
communicating with students via
satellite phones, e-mail and other technology
that can withstand frigid Antarctic conditions.
- Biweekly interactive lessons corresponding
with the Bancroft Arnesen Expedition. Sign up for regular updates on upcoming
- Curriculum that can be used to create a unit
on the Bancroft Arnesen Expedition while
following online at
- Interdisciplinary K-6 curriculum
incorporates life skills and focuses on science,
language arts, art, health, social studies,
geography, math, history, and physical
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