Shackleton at his old school Dulwich College
To discover more about bringing Shackleton
into the classroom follow this link to Shackleton in Schools.
Community Outreach Education Programme
This expedition is about so much more than just heading out on an once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We want to have an ongoing impact before, during and after we triumph.
Our ambition is to use the expedition as a launchpad to reignite peoples’ hunger for heroes; for exploration, discovery, science, technology and wonder.
Over the next three years, we’ll be working with schools, colleges and universities to forge a new generation of explorers and discoverers. We’ll use polar expeditions past, present and future as a new route to engage students in geography, science and history – helping them build leadership skills and showing them that anything is possible.
This outreach programme will take us both nationwide and worldwide, running interactive lectures, equipment demonstrations, skills workshops, sports events and more, all to inspire, inform and motivate the young people who could become the next Shackleton.
The Heroic Age of Exploration has left behind a legacy of science, geography and history, which needs to be passed down to future generations. Much of this is not taught in the National Curriculum but we feel it is of huge importance to the younger members of our community. ITACE aims to reach out to schools and universities to educate students about the great explorers who discovered the polar regions and brought them into our lives. Sadly with the end of the Heroic Age the emphasis on exploration of the polar regions was lessened and almost forgotten about. We aim to re-ignite the interest in the heroes who defined this age.
Interactive Talks/lectures in schools and colleges provided by the ITACE Team; subjects include
- The History of Polar Exploration and the Heroic Age of Exploration,
- Introduction to the Geography and Biology of the Antarctic.
- How to plan and prepare for an expedition – interactive demonstrations of equipment and clothing.
- Leadership skills for everyday life – 16-18 year olds stepping out in life.
- Sports events demonstrating the physical training the ITACE team will be doing in preparation for the expedition.
The Team will come to schools anywhere in the country to talk or take part in any of the above mentioned activities. Students will be able to follow the activities of the Team throughout planning and preparation over the next three years and then will be able to follow the Team on their progress across the Antarctic continent during the expedition.
There will also be opportunities for students to take part in training events that the Team will be participating in.
For those schools that we cannot reach we can provide a teacher resource pack which includes information on the above subjects.
Schools Visits 2012
The ITACE Community Outreach Education Programme is now well under way. The new school year began with bookings for ITACE Team members to go to schools all around the country spreading the word about our Hero Shackleton and teaching pupils of varying age ranges all about Polar Explorers in the past and today.
CLICK HERE for reports on 2012 School visits.