Antarctic Superheroes

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Antarctic Superheroes is a graphic novel created by UTEP's Academic Technologies and the Department of Biological Science intended to educate the next generation of scientists and the general public about the Polar Regions and their importance to the global system.

Antarctic Superheroes is a graphic novel funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF) that illustrates the journey of a group of scientists while exploring the Antarctic Pole during the International Polar Year.

Antarctic Superheroes is a graphic novel funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF) that illustrates the journey of a group of scientists while exploring the Antarctic Pole during the International Polar Year.

Goal

As a Creative Director at Academic Technologies I led a team of scientists, designers, and illustrators to create a comic that follows the journey of a group of scientists while exploring the Antarctica during the International Polar Year. Our goal was to increase student awareness among K-12 students to pursue a college degree in Science and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in other STEM fields.

Process

By adapting dialogs from film footage and gathering academic material provided by our scientists we were able to develop combination of comic strips, fact sheets and classroom activities.

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Result

Antarctic Superheroes Vol. 1 was presented in various conferences around the world including the IPY Oslo Science Conference 2010 and the was published by the American Geophysical Union as part of Antarctic Super Heroes: Using a Graphic Novel to Teach Students About Polar Science.