Antarctica Live Lessons, a new and exciting educational platform, launches as the feature of the annual ITGC Antarctica Week Festival . Aimed at engaging and inspiring the imaginations of young learners, the platform introduces an array of live, interactive lessons about Antarctica, offering a unique opportunity for students to hear from leading ice experts. Antarctica Live Lessons marks a milestone in making science education more engaging and accessible.

Developed by the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) team in collaboration with educational specialists, Antarctica Live Lessons is designed to bring the wonders of Antarctic science directly into classrooms. The platform will feature a series of live daily Q&A sessions, from Monday 27 November until Friday 1 December, coinciding with Antarctica Day.

The live sessions will delve into various aspects of Antarctic science, with a focus on the specialists working on the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. Ten fun and educational sessions will cover a range of topics, providing valuable insights into life and work on the ice. Experts will share their experiences, whether they are physically stationed in Antarctica or working remotely through cutting-edge technology.

"We are thrilled to introduce Antarctica Live Lessons, a platform that not only educates but also sparks curiosity about the remarkable world of Antarctic science," said Athena Dinar, a representative of the ITGC team. "Our goal is to make learning about Antarctica engaging and accessible to students of all ages, from primary school to high school levels."

In addition to the sessions, the platform includes content such as video, games and more tailored for different age groups, ensuring that the material is both informative and age-appropriate. Antarctica Live Lessons aims to provide a dynamic and immersive learning experience for all ages

Teachers and students alike can anticipate sessions that cover the scientific significance of Antarctica, the challenges of living and working in extreme conditions, and the role of technology in modern Antarctic research.

Planned talks include

  • Extreme Antarctica: working on ships in the ice (age 5+)
  • What is it like working as an Antarctic scientist? (age 5+)
  • Antarctic ocean and food web (age 5+)
  • Ice ice baby – all about Antarctica (age 5+)
  • Rocks, penguin bones and drilling rock in Antarctica (age 11+)
  • Why is studying the mighty Thwaites Glacier important? (age 11+)
  • Life on the ice: doing fieldwork in Antarctica (age 11+)
  • Could Thwaites Glacier collapse? (age 13+)
  • Modelling the Antarctica ice sheet – where to begin? (age 13+)
  • How do you predict the future of Thwaites Glacier? (age 13+)


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