Kindergarten Flag Flies Over Antartica

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Kindergarten Flag Flies Over Antartica

The Kindergarten Penguin flag was flown over the remote field station Cape Royds located on Ross Island, Antarctica on January 15, 2018!

The field station is devoted to working with the Adelie Penguins who come to Ross Island every year to raise their chicks. They need ice-free land with small rocks to build their nests and Cape Royds is one of the few places in Antarctica where that occurs. From mid-November to late January scientists are stationed there working with the penguins. The penguin-cam near the colony takes a picture every day of the birds and records the weather. 

The scientists also like to fly flags from classrooms all over the world so Nicole Petrillo’s class designed a submitted a flag to represent Hilltop. The Kindergarten class also assisted the Penguin Science with a citizen scientist project identifying Weddell Seals in Antarctica. The scientists use satellites to count Weddell seals around the entire continent of Antarctica but needed help identifying them since the computer can’t tell the difference between seals and shadows!