Polar Explorer Programme

Be inspired by polar science!

We are delighted to be a partner in the Polar Explorer programme, a programme funded by BEIS and managed by STEM Learning. The programme aims to build on the excitement generated by the commissioning and building of the new polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough, and its automated submersible Boaty McBoatface.

The Polar Explorer Programme is jam-packed with curriculum-linked activities for students aged 7-11.

The Polar Explorer programme encourages and supports schools to enrich their teaching of STEM subjects. It places relevant curriculum topics within the context of the construction and eventual launch of the ship, and of polar science and expedition in general.

Your school or community group can access free resources, split by age group, to support your teaching of STEM subjects.

Each year primary schools can apply to access additional support to develop the teaching and learning of STEM subjects in their school. This includes a free Polar Explorer resource pack and the opportunity to apply for additional grant funding to support in-school activities and transition in STEM subjects from primary to secondary school. Each school will also work with a Polar Ambassador who will help schools take part in activities, including:

  • in-school professional development for teachers
  • free access to resources and activities which have been curated and developed to link in with the commissioning and operation of the ship
  • ideas and suggestions to support schools’ out-reach activities

Applications for year one and two are now closed. Applications for year three will open in the spring term of 2018.

Year of Engineering

Take a closer look at the fabulous online engineering learning resources specifically selected to support the Polar Explorer Project.

Our new polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough is being built by Cammell Laird – be inspired by these great video clips of their engineers.

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