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