Early Antarctic Explorers

In this short course, we will delve into the experiences of Shackleton and other early Antarctic explorers, examining the difficulties they faced including extreme weather, limited supplies, and dangerous terrain.

Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Goal 15: Life on Land

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What is in this Course?

During this short course, we are going to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most famous explorers and think about how we can learn from their experiences and live a life of leadership and adventure.

We will explore how Shackleton and five other crew members made a daring 800-mile (1,287 km) journey in an open boat to seek help, crossing the stormy waters of the Southern Ocean to reach a whaling station on South Georgia island.

Teaching program

The teaching program is designed to walk teachers through the process of teaching about the early Antarctic explorers to your students. The document is aligned with the curriculum but can be downloaded and edited to suit the needs of your school or state. The course documents include real-world learning opportunities in which students use the knowledge they have just gained, to improve the lives and the knowledge of those around them.

Real World Learning

As part of the real world learning and action component of the course, students will undertake activities that help them to develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities. This leadership journey will be inspired by Shackleton and made relevant to students’ lives, with tasks that facilitate the expression of leadership in many ways.