SA Agulhas II © Weddell Sea Expedition
We are very pleased to have received funding from the Flotilla Foundation to build on our work as educational partner for the Weddell Sea Expedition, which took place in early 2019. This new one year project aims to expand pupil engagement with Antarctica’s marine environment and physical geography, and the need for its protection and conservation.
The resulting educational programme will further develop our work on bringing the most recent research and data on Antarctica into classrooms across the UK. The resources produced, which will complement the Discovering Antarctica website, will be suitable for young people from primary school through to sixth form and will support elements of the geography curriculum with key themes including marine biology, glaciology, oceanography and marine protected areas. They will include a series of engaging video blogs, animations and podcasts, as well as a virtual digital sticker book for pupils featuring iconic graphics and selected facts on Antarctica.
The programme will also support teachers in becoming better informed about Antarctica and how to implement the resources in the classroom through a range of CPD opportunities. Alongside this, we will also develop activities and events to help students understand how Antarctica is governed to support conservation through international collaboration.
Find out more about the Weddell Sea Expedition and our resources.
The Society is delighted to be working with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (managed by MEI) to launch our new Geography and Core Maths initiative, funded by the Department for Education.
This year marks 200 years since the discovery of Antarctica, and to celebrate the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) is running a competition for children aged 4-17 to design an official postage stamp for the territory.
Today is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion we’re acknowledging the diversity of field research that some of our inspirational female grant recipients have undertaken in a range of countries over the past year.
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