Arctic Live! 2016
In March 2016, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop travelled to the UK Arctic Research Station on Svalbard for Arctic Live! an interactive education event sponsored by XL Catlin. Students had the unique opportunity to link up live with Jamie to see for themselves the mountains and vast, snowy landscape of the Arctic and ask anything they wanted from ‘have you seen a polar bear?’ to in-depth questions about climate change and the impact of human activities on the Arctic. Classes were also able to connect with polar scientists from the UK to find out what it’s like to work in such an extreme environment. Many thanks go to Dr Helen Findlay (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), Dr Ceri Lewis (Exeter University), Prof Pete Convey, Dr Markus Frey, Dr Bianca Perren, Vicky Sleight, Jenny Turton (all British Antarctic Survey) and Dr Camilla Rootes (University of Sheffield) for taking part.
How did schools take part?
Using Skype in the classroom, schools were able to bring Svalbard live to their classroom and ask questions relating to this amazing environment. Schools could also sign up to receive daily updates from Jamie, bringing engaging content such as photographs and 360° photospheres to classes every morning. Additionally, Digital Explorer’s social media platforms allowed students and teachers to view the latest updates including expedition videos and photos and take part in Periscope Q&A sessions.
In all, 101 live lessons directly engaged a student audience of 15,000 students globally, while #ArcticLive social media posts had an online reach of 1.4 million.
Who took part?
Accompanying resources for #ArcticLive
The Arctic Live! education event and accompanying Frozen Oceans classroom resources allows an innovative and engaging approach to educating young people.
Do take a look at the Frozen Oceans resources which are free to download and include booklets with structured lesson plans, activity and experiment sheets, posters and other related resources for both primary and secondary schools.
You can also use the interactive [DE] Media Zone to view videos and images from the expedition. The web app can be used in conjunction with the resources to provide an interactive learning experience.