Icebreaking Performance of the USCGC Healy

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic TEA is a research experience in which a K-12 teacher, working closely with scientists in the field, participates in a polar expedition. For more information about the TEA program visit their web site at:

Join teacher Sandra Kolb aboard the new U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, USCGC Healy for icebreaking performance tests occurring during April and May 2000 in Davis Strait and Baffin Bay, between Canada and Greenland. The goals are to assess whether the Healy performs in ice as well as it was designed to perform, and to develop a set of ice operating guidelines for the ship drivers.

Sandi will be working with scientist Terry Tucker, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, to assist in finding the proper type of ice in which to test the ship, then measuring the properties of that ice.



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Medium Iceberg Photo by Sandi Kolb

Find out more information about the icebreaker USCGC Healy at

The YES I Can! Science database has curriculum-linked resources to use with your students in following this real-time scientific adventure.

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