Classrooms can join scientists, explore virtually in Antarctic expedition


Teachers are invited to take their students’ STEM education to the next level through virtual exchange with scientists and explorers on an expedition to one of the most remote areas of the planet, the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, this month.

K-12 classrooms will take part in the expedition through the Reach the World platform alongside a team of leading international glaciologists, marine biologists, oceanographers and marine archeologists on this pioneering expedition. The research will investigate the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea to document the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem.

The expedition also will be searching for the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship “Endurance,” which was trapped and crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea in 1915. The expedition will use underwater robots, drones and other state-of-the-art technology to conduct its research under the ice shelf for the first time ever.

Every classroom taking part in this fully funded expedition will have access to regular updates with the ship, including conversations with the crew and scientists on board. Classrooms also will be able to access standards-focused activities to deepen students’ understanding of Antarctica. These resources will be produced by Reach the World, in partnership with The Explorers Club and the Royal Geographic Society.

Visit Reach the World’s website to register for this expedition.