Mike Penn planted the PSEA flag at the South Pole. Then, he ventured to another location in Antarctica where no human being had ever gone.
All along he conducted interactive lessons with his fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade gifted students in the Shaler Area School District, Allegheny County, as well as students throughout the world.
Penn was one of 11 teachers selected this year to participate in PolarTREC, an organization funded by the National Science Foundation that partners teachers with academic researchers to improve science education. He and four other teachers were assigned to an automatic weather station team from the University of Wisconsin to travel to Antarctica – the others were assigned to the Arctic.