Polar Explorer educational resources

Let’s explore!

This collection of resources are linked to the Polar Explorer Programme, and are freely available to anyone who wishes to use them for STEM teaching using the context of the design, construction, and subsequent research activities of the RRS Sir David Attenborough, and its auto long range submersible, Boaty McBoatface.

The new Polar Research Vessel will begin its first expedition in 2019 and will continue to engage and enthuse students across all key stages for many years to come. 

Register for a CREST Award

All of our Polar Explorer resources can be used to gain a CREST SuperStar Award. 

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds. 

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    Connect your school

    Be a part of the Polar Explorer Programme to connect your school with the new polar research ship Sir David Attenborough, and its automated submersible Boaty McBoatface.

    Find out more

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    Browse our dedicated Polar Explorer Programme activity booklet which contains 16 activities for 7-11 students grouped into the five programme themes. 

    Download activity pack

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    Find details for each of the 16 activities featured in the resource booklet, linking them to the themes of the project and giving broad curriculum links. Included are key dates linked to programme and also public events that have been organised by our partners, which you might wish to link in to any activities you undertake. 

    Download framework


Extend activities or themes across STEM subjects and age ranges with a range of additional resources below.  

  • engineering

    Resources on engineering broken down into age groups. Select from the following.

    5 - 11   11 - 19

  • climate change

    Resources on climate change broken down into age groups. Select from the following.

    5 - 11   11 - 19

  • animals, food chains and adaptations

    Resources on animals, food chains and adaptions broken down into age groups. Select from the following.

    5 - 11   11 - 19 

  • exploration

    Resources on exploration broken down into age groups. Select from the following.

    5 - 11   11 -19

  • oceans

    Resources on oceans broken down into age groups. Select from the following.

    5 - 11   11 - 19

  • Careers

    Be inspired by the range of STEM-related careers available. Select from the following.

    5-11   11-19

Explore further

Take your exploration further with these additional resources from our programme partners.

Our partners


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