Arctic Survey Education: Real-life Learning on Climate Change

Based on the real-life experiences of three polar explorers on a 73-day ocean survey in 2009, new learning materials are free to download. Parents and teachers will want to explore these educational activities on climate change and the Arctic Ocean, says CEC member Rod Macrae.


The explorers' Arctic quest makes climate change learning an adventure that is free-to-use in your home or classroom.

The team behind a survey expedition over the floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean has unveiled a remarkable education project which it hopes will be a valuable toolkit for families, schoolteachers and students aged 5–18.

ARCTIC SURVEY EDUCATION is a free-to-use suite of materials about climate change and the Arctic Ocean. These  are based on the real-life experiences of the three polar explorers who captured much-needed data about the state of the Ocean’s ice during their 73-day survey early in 2009. Now the data and ice team’s experience has been creatively transformed into home & classroom learning materials.

All the free resources can be downloaded from and include complete study kits with Guidance Notes for parents and teachers and a Resources Gallery packed with video, photo, whiteboard, PowerPoint and other materials to make inspiring and appealing interactive learning activities. 

The range of materials spans all key stages of school and home learning and include exciting ways for younger children to learn with a specially commissioned illustrated story, video and a song about the adventure. Teenagers and Adults can hear from top ice scientist, Professor Peter Wadhams of the University of Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics, and from the explorers themselves  – linking Mathematics, Geography, Science and Citizenship across the curriculum in a dynamic way.

Speaking about the project, explorer and team leader Pen Hadow said: “It was always important to us that this expedition should have a lasting benefit for the generation which will live with the consequences of climate change. These classroom and family resources can really bring alive the issues of global warming and climate change in an exciting way and give children, young people, their teachers and families the chance to explore the Arctic for themselves.”

ARCTIC SURVEY EDUCATION follows leading explorers Pen Hadow, Ann Daniels and Martin Hartley over their epic 73 days in the Arctic as they trek northwards in some of the most hostile conditions on earth, measuring the thickness of the remaining sea ice. Scientists know it’s thinning as well as shrinking but need accurate data from the surface of the ice.  At its current rate of decline, the Ocean will be effectively ice free each summer in less than 20 to 30 years.  The materials raise awareness and provoke thinking about this phenomenon.

The funding and support to develop the resources have been provided by commercial and not-for-profit  partners.

All the free resources are simple to use at home or school and can be viewed at

Arctic Survey Education has been funded by the following organisations who are Founder Members of Arctic Survey Education: Lloyd's of London, Aspen Re, Business in the Community and The Prince's May Day Network, Catlin Group, Flagstone Re, Linklaters LLP, Miller Insurance Services Limited, Newton Abbot College, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP, Royal Geographical Society with IBG, United Utilities plc, University of Cambridge Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Willis Group, WWF

For more information about the Catlin Arctic Survey, visit



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