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We pioneer topical STEM and citizenship learning experiences through low barrier to entry edtech.

Encounter Edu

location_on London, United Kingdom
We connect global issues aligned to curricula for teachers to develop knowledge, skills and experience in their students to become critical thinkers and engaged citizens. Our platform integrates access to live learning, free teaching materials that include award-winning resources, a multi-media topic based library and subject updates for professional development.
Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, Founder and Executive Director
We make it easy for teachers to integrate innovation in the classroom and encourage students to learn about their world. We work where it matters, not where it’s safe or close-to-home.

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, Founder and Executive Director

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Innovation Overview

5 - 16
Age Group
6 455
Children/Users
65
Countries
2009
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
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Updated on January 28th, 2021
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Where learning meets the world.

What we do

Encounter Edu has travelled the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic making content for the classroom. Producing bite-size live science and geography features made with the people working at the cutting-edge of knowledge and discovery, be it a scientist in the Arctic, a robotics engineer or a student in Syria.  

Our programmes are designed to:  

  • Ease the burden for teacher 
  • Integrate award-winning level of classroom resources  
  • Make standards-aligned free units accessible  
  • Show teachers how to link other offers from Encounter Edu, i.e. Discovery Zone and Encounter Live, to classroom learning 
  • Introduce bite-size lesson openers to engage students 

Previously known as Digital Explorer, the programme has developed the use of technology for schools and students to engage directly in global issues. This started with the first satellite broadcast from a British youth expedition in 2006, a daily youth video series from the Middle East in 2007, 25 eco-adventure shorts filmed, edited and broadcast over 25 days from Antarctica in 2009 and two years later, the northernmost live broadcast to BBC Newsround. In 2017, our Arctic 360VR reached over 1.1 million views.  

 Why we do it? 

Encounter Edu realizes that teachers are time-poor and despite their best intentions, often struggle to meet the twin demands of delivering the curriculum and developing young people as global citizens and critical thinkers. So, Encounter Edu provides full units to support and structure learning in the classroom.  

Learning is underpinned by an online library of teacher resources, videos, photo galleries and 360 VR content to create a complete learning package. To support teachers in their classroom journeys, training is provided to inspire them while making their lives easier.   

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global citizenship, CNN, virtual exchange, Syria, UNRWA, advocacy, education | Encounter Edu
https://encounteredu.com/news/my-voice-my-school-on-cnn-forging-connections-with-students-in-syria
Blue peter, green badge, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, Ceri Lewis, microplastics, arctic live, XL Catlin,… | Encounter Edu
https://encounteredu.com/news/live-on-childrens-bbc-blue-peter-tv-show
PR: Encounter Edu gets a vote of confidence | Encounter Edu
https://encounteredu.com/news/ase-conference
Sky News: Arctic Live features on FYI, the weekly children news show 'for kids by kids' | Encounter Edu
https://encounteredu.com/news/arctic-live-feature-on-sky-news-fyi-news-broadcast-show-for-kids-by-kids
Oceanographic: An Arctic classroom for a changing planet | Encounter Edu
https://encounteredu.com/news/an-arctic-classroom-for-a-changing-planet
Encounter Edu on Twitter
https://twitter.com/encounteredu/status/1143883688582819841
INTO A GLACIER
https://vimeo.com/314256449
Exploring the deep ocean
Move your cursor around and experience life in a submersible while keeping your clothes dry.https://vimeo.com/221099623
BEHIND THE SCENES
Between 29 October and 09 November, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, educator and expedition leader, and Ellie Mackay, science communicator brought this topic to life to thousands of children around the world.Working with scientists at the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) research station, Jamie hosted 29 interactive AXA Coral Live education broadcasts for teachers seeking to create real world connections for their students.
INPIRE STUDENTS THROUGH THE LIVE BROADCASTS
GETTING READY TO GREET 4.2 MILLION STUDENTS FROM THE ARCTIC
Arctic Live 2019Our founder LIVE streaming from UK Arctic Research Station in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, the AXA XL Arctic Live team connected students around the world to the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory's micro-plastics and ocean acidification field research.
WHAT OUR OCEAN WORK STATION LOOKS LIKE
Coral Live 2018Over 150 teachers animated their lessons with investigations, interviews with experts, and Ask-Me-Anything sessions to over 15,000 students. 
Q & A WITH STUDENTS LIVE FROM THE CORAL REEFS
Five daily topics were offered: introduction to coral, coral ecosystems, corals and climate change, the deep reef and the coral adaptation. Over 150 teachers animated their lessons with investigations, interviews with experts, and Ask-Me-Anything sessions to over 15,000 students. 
TEACHER REVIEW, The Independent Grammar School Durham, UK
"My students thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and were very excited when their questions were read out. I thought it was a wonderful opportunity for them to take part in and learn from. I will definitely recommend it and will look out for the next one."

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

June 2019
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
September 2017
XL Catlin Oceans Education in top best 50 Edtech resources of 2017
April 2016
Silver Award winner of the Geographical Association Publishers
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Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

01
Register
Create an account within seconds at Encounter Edu’s website
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Discover
Register your school for a Live broadcast session and browse through a range of teaching resources and download them for free!
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Integrate
Explore 360 VR and countless archived videos from live expeditions with top researchers.
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Participate
Prepare a list of your students’ questions for our on-site team to answer during the next LIVE broadcast and send them over.
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Experience 
You can take part with your class, as an assembly, or as a STEM club activity. We also welcome home-schoolers and family participation.
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Apply
Integrate practical learning into your curriculum by teaching units from relevant resources based on research and expeditions.
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