Royal Ceremonial Naming for the RRS Sir David Attenborough

The RRS Sir David Attenborough

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough are among those attending the Royal Ceremonial Naming of the new Polar Research Ship at the Cammell Laird shipyard on Thursday 26 September 2019.

The ceremony of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is the highlight of a three-day celebration of UK science, engineering, and shipbuilding. The naming ceremony will be live-streamed from 13:30 on the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) website.

With funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), STEM Learning used the build, launch and operation of the RRS Sir David Attenborough to bring an exciting new context to the teaching of STEM subjects.

The three-year project saw chosen primary schools gain the support of a Polar Ambassador, a specially selected STEM professional, to help enrich the teaching of STEM subjects.

Overall 660 schools have engaged with the Polar Explorer Programme directly, with even more using the free online resources. 94% of teachers agreed that the programme increased their pupils’ knowledge of career opportunities. 100% of those teachers said engagement with the programme led to an increase in pupils’ confidence in learning science and in scientific enquiry skills.

During the ceremony, several children from Polar Explorer schools will be joining a penguin parade and six Year 6 pupils and their teacher, all from St George’s Primary School in Wallasey, will board the ship and meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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