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Free virtual events for classrooms around the world with leading scientists, explorers, adventurers and conservationists.

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants

Centre Wellington, Canada
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants brings science, exploration, adventure and conservation into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips. Since launching in September 2015, we've run well over 1,500 live events connecting hundreds of thousand of students with leading scientists and explorers in over 80 countries!

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Explorers

Joe Grabowski - Founder, National Geographic Explorer, Science Communicator
“The scientists and explorers who take part in our events all remember a time they met someone, saw a documentary or read an article that inspired them or turned them onto a new career path. These tiny 'aha' moments are what we are trying to replicate in classrooms everywhere!”

Joe Grabowski - Founder, National Geographic Explorer, Science Communicator

We knock down classroom walls and take students anywhere in the world, never having to leave their desks.

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers, and conservationists. We do this by bringing science, exploration, adventure and conservation into classrooms everywhere through virtual guest speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe. Since starting in September 2015 we've connected hundreds of thousands of students to scientists and explorers in over 80 countries. Best part of all, it is and always will be 100% free for classrooms! 

We have our flagship program, Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants which will now cater to students from kindergarten through grade 8. In September we're launching Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants High School, diving deeper into the science and issues with the speakers and focusing more on careers.

We also launched Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants Festivals, organizing and hosting large virtual events for the general public. The Global Biodiversity Festival took place in May, a 3 day virtual festival with 65 speakers from over 25 countries, sharing the variety of life on our planet, the challenges it faces and some good news conservation stories. It was a huge success with viewers from over 100 countries tuning in.

- Each month during the school year we host 30-50 live events for classrooms. 

- We regularly host events around our ocean, space exploration, biodiversity, freshwater, endangered species, climate change, conservation, women in science an exploration and much more!

- We send textbook-sized satellite BGAN units around the world with scientists and explorers so they can video broadcast live into classrooms from the most remote regions of the planet. From the tops of volcanoes to the bottom of the ocean, from rainforests to tiny coral atoll and from pole to pole. There's very few places we can't bring classrooms live!

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Innovation Overview
Target Group
250 000
1 483
Tips for implementation
3 ways to join the adventure: 1) Request a camera spot and interact directly with the speakers via Zoom 2) Stream any event live on YouTube and send in questions via the chat bar 3) All events record to YouTube and can be viewed at anytime
Contact information
Joe Grabowski

See this innovation in action

New For September | EBTSOYP High School
Global Biodiversity Festival
Adapting to Covid-19
Callie Broaddus | Live From Colombia
Sarah Kienle | Live From Antarctica
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants GMT | Events for Classrooms in the UK, EU and Africa |
Joe Grabowski
Explorer Classroom | Gabby Salazar, Ross Donihue & Stephanie Grocke
Emily Calandrelli | Science TV Host


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