Instructions in other languages
Launch a virtual weather balloon to show your participation in this International Polar Day: Above The Poles.
1. Weather Observation
Observe the weather today, where you live, and record air temperature, rain, wind, visibility and cloudiness. For more ideas, visit this weather observation activity or download a flyer in your language.
2. Launch your Virtual Weather Balloon
To see your your balloon fly immediately, follow these simple steps:
1. Sign in to Tagzania
2. Select "Add point/route" (top right), then "Add a point"
3. Search for your location or click 'Go directly to the map' and zoom in to your area.
4. Drag the balloon to your precise location
5. Add the tag ipy2008abovethepoles
6. Fill in your other details: name, description, photos, links.... AND WEATHER OBSERVATION... Click on 'Save'
7. See your balloon appear on the Above The Poles Virtual Balloon Launch Map.
If you have difficulty launching your balloon, email your name, location (latitude, longitude or town, country), and IPY message to
. It may be 24 hours, however, before your balloon appears.
Click on the balloons to see the pop-up text and pictures. Here is a preview:
IPY 2008: International Polar Day: Above The poles - activities around the world
The map is dynamically updated. As soon as a new location is tagged with "ipy2008abovethepoles", it will show up the next time it is refreshed. Try adding yours, and then refreshing this page. (Only the 200 most recent are shown, but all are listed.)
You can embed the map into any web page by creating a snippet of HTML code to copy and paste using this simple tool.
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For more in-depth directions, please read below:
December 4th, 2008 is Above The Poles Day, a quarterly International Polar Day that students from around the world are marking by conducting experiments. To show that you've taken part in an activity on this International Polar Day, launch a virtual balloon by following the simple instructions below. You can visit the map showing everyone's balloons on this website, or you can embed the map on your own website.
Instructions for adding your own marker on the map:
Step 1: Get a free account with Tagzania. (If you haven't already)
Tagzania is a free location-tagging service. Once you have an account, you can mark locations on Google Maps and describe them, linking them to photos or web pages.
Register here. For your full name, you can use your school name and class. You don't need to submit an email address if you don't want to.
Step 2: Mark a location.
Log in and click on "post" in the top right-hand corned of the page. Then click on "Point".
First, find the location you want to mark on the map. You can search for your town or go directly to the map. Navigating the map is very simple