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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Do you like your oceans still or sparkling?

The oceans are become more acidic. This is due to an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through the ...

Dissolving sea shells in vinegar

What effect does acid have on sea life?

This unit follows on from 'Do you like your oceans still or sparkling?' The activity demonstrates the ability of an acidic substance (in this case vinegar) to dissolve sea shells.

Malt vinegar contains acetic...

What organisms live in the Arctic?

What do different animals in the arctic regions eat? Do all animals eat similar things?

In this activity, children demonstrate their learning about Arctic organisms by constructing a mobile to show either a food chain, or for more advanced children, a food web.They will also be introduced to the work of...

Adaptation - design a species

How do animals survive in different habitats? This creative activity is designed to teach 7 to 11 year olds about the concept of adaptation – the process whereby a species evolves characteristics that enable it to survive in a particular habitat. Using the marine environment as an example, children learn about how...


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