Live Events

XL Catlin Arctic Live 2018


For a fifth year, XL Catlin Arctic Live has been the northernmost live education stream that connected classrooms globally to members of the UK science expedition team based at the UK Arctic Research Station in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.

This live education event was designed to ignite students’ curiosity for extreme environments; develop their scientific literacy and skills; point them toward STEM careers; and inspire their environmental stewardship.

Classes around the world took part in the 30 age-differentiated YouTube Live broadcasts which included:

  • Live investigations: These were practical activities guided by the expedition team. They were replicated in the classroom simultaneously. Topics included: Arctic food webs, insulation materials, ocean acidification, microplastics ice core sampling and sea level rise.
  • Interviews with the science and polar expedition team members: Students asked researchers and scientists about their work and lives.
  • Open Q&A: Classes spoke to polar educationalist, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, about life and science in the Arctic.

For best user experience, he step-by-step XL Catlin Arctic Live guidance provided participants with lesson ideas, use of edtech tools and class preps for live-links.

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