Polar explorer

This selection of resources were created as part of the Polar Explorer programme in 2019, funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and managed by STEM Learning Ltd.  The aim of the programme was to highlight the commissioning and building of the polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough and Boaty McBoatface, its automated submersible. 

The resources provide activities and guidance to support schools to enrich the teaching of STEM subjects, by using the context of the construction and launch of the ship, and of polar science.

More details about the programme can be found on the British Antarctic Survey website.




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Polar explorer activity pack

This pack contains all the teaching notes and resources that schools needed to take part in the Polar Explorer Programme run by the National STEM Learning Network in 2019. Although the programme has now finished the resources and activities that were created can still enthuse and engage pupils about STEM subjects...


From the Centre for Science Education, and with support from Shell Education services, these materials help children to investigate light and reflection. A periscope is a simple device that enables children to see over walls or round corners. Rays of light hitting the mirror of the periscope are reflected twice....

Light and Sound

From Teachers TV, this video shows four examples of lessons on light and sound that are suitable for primary school children. Part of the Great Lesson Ideas series, it contains these ideas for lessons: Years Five and Six teacher David Aston, shows how glass bottles and water inspire children to think about how...

Ticket to Ride

Aimed at primary level, this pack contains nine activities on the theme of transportation. The activities investigate topics related to friction, forces, levers, earth and space, air and water resistance and areas of design and technology. Designed either for use in class or within a science week or club, the...


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