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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How is the Arctic changing?

This unit investigates one of the ways the Arctic is changing as a result of global warming. The sea level rise investigation demonstrates how the melting of different types of ice in the Arctic will affect sea level rise.

This investigation is taken from Digital Explorer Frozen Oceans:...

Polar Careers- AUV Operations Mechanical Engineer

Ella is an expert in the mechanical design and operation of the NOC's Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV's) She ensures new technology designed integrates on the AUV's and operates the AUV whilst at sea.

Ella read Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge, graduating with both Bachelors and Master's degrees. She...

Polar Careers- Marine Autonomous Systems Developer

Catherine holds a PhD in Robotics and a BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. She studied A-levels in Physics, Maths, and Computing with an AS-level in Electronics.


Climate change in the Polar regions

Children will work with hypothetical data to help them understand how mathematics can model real life situations.  This will enable them to reflect on how mathematics might be used to help scientists make predictions about the possible impact of climate change in the Polar regions. They will also use real data on...


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