Introduction and timetable for live lessons

Introduction

The Polar Regions are changing rapidly. With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, it is the leading indicator in measuring the impact of climate change.

Encounter Edu are providing 2 weeks of live lessons all about the Arctic, which we have signed up to. The first week is mainly about work, life and survival in the Arctic, and the second is more about the challenges to the ecosystems and wilderness.

This is an opportunity to take students on a free virtual field trip to the Arctic to build literacy, practise working scientifically, inspire STEM careers and develop environmental stewardship.

There is a live lesson every morning, but please remember that these are optional. Some children might want to join all of the live lessons, while for others one or two might be enough.

Here is an overview of the lessons for the first week in case you would like to select your choices in advance:

Mon 4th May 11:30am: Ellie Mackay- Adventures in the Arctic Learn about Ellie Mackay’s extensive experience as a science communicator, extreme environment filmmaker and field producer in the Arctic.

Tues 5th May 9:00am: The Arctic Food Chain This food chain activity introduces young people to a range of living things that they may come across during an Arctic expedition. Students will be asked to identify, classify and group organisms to build an Arctic food chain mobile.

Wed 6th  May 11:30am: How to Survive in the Arctic Learn what it is like to live above the Arctic Circle. Arctic research station leader Nick Cox will answer questions about his work at the UK's Arctic Research Station. 

Thu 7th  May 9:00am: Keeping Warm in the Arctic This activity is a fun way of learning about how explorers survive the extreme conditions in the Arctic. Students will investigate different materials and compare how they perform as insulators. While waiting to measure and record the results, students will also be encouraged to think about how Arctic animals have evolved to keep warm. They can pretend to be an Arctic animal and find out whether a layer of fat is a way of keeping warm in the Arctic.

Fri 8th  May 9:00am: What Happens if the Arctic Melts? A great way of learning   about sea-level rise and we will clear up common misconceptions such as how melting sea ice in the Arctic will cause sea levels to rise. The investigation will provide students an opportunity to observe over time and compare how the melting of different types of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic will affect sea-level rise.