Plymouth Services for Children and Young People are pleased to be able to support ETE and the ISCE, including their Polar Fun Days, as these support and encourage young people to engage with learning in an innovative and exciting environment, close to the heart of their own communities. Learning of this nature also contributes to the raising of aspiration and building of confidence.
We will continue to support ETE/ISCE throughout the next school year and beyond as we believe it makes a positive difference to the lives of our young people.
Plymouth City Council, Heather Ogburn, 2010
The education programme was launched in Plymouth, Captain Scott's birthplace, in early 2011
By developing resources and activities directly linked with the British National Curriculum, the ISCE aims to embrace the whole nation in the education outreach programme. Our aim is not only to celebrate Scott and the centenary, but to raise aspirations and to drive entrepreneurial spirit and ambition. In addition, the science of the Antarctic regions is critical in developing an understanding of our planet, as Scott himself realised. The ISCE therefore represents a key educational opportunity for educating towards the development of community and global citizenship. Core aims include:
Linked strategic working is underway between Education Through Expeditions, the University of Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Centre Company, City Development Company, the Local Strategic Partnership and ISCE media partners.
The ISCE outreach programme is generating considerable interest among schools, the media and educational organisations. Our Polar Fun Days have been developed through the ISCE and delivered by Education Through Expeditions (ETE) and with the support of the Childrens' University. ETE is a not-for-profit community interest company run by polar explorer, Antony Jinman. The Childrens' University (CU) is a national organisation that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative voluntary learning activities and experiences outside school hours. There are currently over 70,000 children in over 60 local Childrens' Universities across England, involving in excess of 2,390 primary, special and secondary schools and Academies. This programme also enables the education aspect of the ISCE to continue post-expedition. Polar Fun days include art, science and culture-based activities. This community engagement project aims to involve all ages and backgrounds in celebrating Captain Scott, in Plymouth, the South-west and nationwide.
Please note: all under 18s must be supervised by an adult over the age of 25 at all times.
The Polar Fun Days have been developed in association with Education Through Expeditions and are endorsed by the Children's University. We have also received assistance from Plymouth City Council [Services for Children and Young People (Lifelong Learning)], the Stilskin Theatre Company; the Bernard Sunley Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust.
Celebrating 150 years: Explore, Dream, Discover!
Scott's expedition still informs and inspires contemporary research, from sports science to chemistry, environmental science to engineering. As well as providing specific Scott-themed activities as part of the University's sesquicentennial events, the ISCE is aiming to integrate the legacy of the original expedition and the ISCE into University activities across the year and is encouraging current students to give talks in their old schools. Likewise, many of the University community and outreach events will be given a Scott focus, from the University Open House event, the Science and Technology Showcase, and the Big Bang festival. The University was very proud that one of its students won the ISCE/Telegraph competition for a place on the ISCE and will utilise the experience of Henry Evans in many of these outreach activities to encourage further student endeavour.
Either or both members of our Pole team are available to talk to schools or groups, by arrangement.
Geoff Somers MBE is one of our most illustrious Polar adventurers, having guided in both polar regions for many years. He has also completed some legenday expeditions, including the crossing of the Antarctic continent by Dog Sledge as part of Will Steger's Trans-Antarctic Expedition. He has also participated in re-enactments of Scott's expeditions for BBC television and has detailed replicas of the clothing and equipment which Scott used to illustrate his talks. Geoff is one of the most amusing speakers and a delight for a school visit or after dinner speech.
Henry Evans is a recent graduate of Plymouth University in Marine Biology and is passionate about science and the world around us. He is inspiring classes across the country with his talks, sometimes delivered in his famous penguin costume (!), and in particular tales of his experience in entering and winning the ISCE/Telegraph competition for a place on the ISCE and his South Pole adventure. Henry is a wonderful advocate of Captain Scott and his legacy of Polar Science.
For further details of any ISCE education and outreach events, please email the ISCE.