Making the project bilingual
Ground Zero is the environmental project between students in Andyr, Russia, and Anchorage, Alaska.

In early 2008, the Beringia arm of the National Park Service announced that they would fund a project that West High students had proposed on collaboration with their peers in Anadyr Russia on global climate change. Students began working immediately on both sides of the Bering Sea to connect with local and regional leaders. The first year project is the summing up of those interviews.

Anadyr map
AYEA news
Ground Zero, Year 2

Year 1

Year 2

West High students in class with Natalya Vorobyova in Chukotka

Click here to read the letters from summer of 2008. And click here for many pictures of the trip. There's also an album you can look at and purchase (you've seen it in the classroom).

Carissa and Megan wrote an article about the project for the Beringia Days Conference Catalogue.
The article is available in the Winter 2009 edition of Lingo, the PNCFL journal. Click here
to download and read the article, titled "Ground Zero."

Download this file to see the year 1 project, which was the result of student interviews and research, followed by two weeks of intense computer lab labor. Students used this presentation at the international Beringia Days Conference in October 2008.

Preparing the children's project

Download these files to see the projects created for use in elementary school classes as students talk about global warming.

This site is the West High information page on Anadyr.