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Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants

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

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!

HundrED 2019


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HundrED 2019

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Target group
March 2018
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!

About the innovation

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Explorers

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!

Impact & scalability

Implementation steps

Join in a Camera Spot
Each hangout has up to 7 camera spots for classrooms to join in live and interact with the speakers. All of the events are on the lesson page and the number of camera spots remaining are listed on each event page. Clicking the sign up button will lead you to a Google Form to submit.
Watch Live on YouTube
All the events can be viewed live on YouTube simply by clicking the stream button on the individual lesson page. Classrooms can submit questions via the YouTube Live chat as well.
View Recorded Events
Most events are recorded directly to YouTube and can be viewed by classrooms at anytime.

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