This mini course explores the top of our world: the Arctic region. The mini course is divided into three sessions. The first session works to define the Arctic region, exploring unique sky phenomena (the aurora borealis, the midnight sun, and optical mirages), the unique physical features of a frozen landscape, as well as the specialized adaptations of the flora and fauna to its harsh environment. The second session focuses on the people of the North American Arctic (indigenous and more recent arrivals), focusing on their adaptation (or lack thereof) and interactions with the Arctic environment. The third session examines the changing Arctic, specifically the impacts of a changing climate – the consequences of a melting permafrost and the loss of pack ice – on both the Arctic and the world, as well as the growing burden of environmental pollutants migrating to the Arctic from the south. While exploring the Arctic, we will focus on the unique, and sometimes bizarre STEM atop the world.