Life with the polar bears
A group of teenage students and their teachers have been having a fantastic time in the Arctic after winning an educational 'Ice Edge' competition.
As part of their prize they visited the Natural Environment Research Council's base at Ny-Ålesund, where manager Nick Cox, MBE, and some of his colleagues talked about their work and helped the students to carry out some real research.
One group of students collected amphipods - minute shrimp-like creatures - which they studied under the microscope in their floating lab; another group went to look at barnacle geese; others did a tour of the Arctic research base and a further group accompanied a visiting wildlife artist, armed with sketchpads to capture what they saw.
The BBC has been following the teenagers on their incredible journey so you can see brief video reports of their Arctic adventures on the BBC website.
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Briefing note: 13/07
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