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Mission:Explore Water – Download your free copy now!

January 20, 2014

Water Cover We are delighted to share that Mission:Explore Water is now available. The eBook is the latest in the series of award winning Mission:Explore books and is brimming with 51 ideas for teaching and learning about water. 

  • Make rain graffiti

  • Draw a map for a fish

  • Wee-hydrate

The book includes 5 chapters that investigate Rain, Rivers and flow, Harvesting water, Using water and Waste water. The book is a perfect way to plan for World Water Day on March 22.

Mission:Explore Water has been created by Mission:Explore in association with Thames Water, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), RSPB, Mayor of London, London Sustainable Schools Forum, the Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Project and the UK Environment Agency.

Teacher? Mission:Explore Water is accompanied by a free eBook of notes for all of the missions. The notes includes planning advice and shows how the missions can be used across your school.

Water Cover Teacher notes

Mission:Explore Water includes teaching ideas that can be used with explorers of all ages, but is ideal for children aged between 7 and 14.

Get Mission:Explore Water now on:

Please do share and post reviews on Mission:Explore Water. If you have not already, we would love for you to be part of our Thunderclap at 8pm tonight – just click through here and donate a tweet to us. We will be very grateful for any noise you can help us to make about the free books.

Many thanks and we hope you enjoy them.

 

Join a Misplaced Geography Project

January 7, 2014

Guerrilla Geography Project banner

The Guerrilla Geography Project is inviting us all to explore, create and reveal “misplaced” ideas, objects, relationships and anything else you can think of. Just announced, the “misplaced” project will last for the whole of 2014 and is an opportunity to take photographs and tell stories of things that are (un)intentionally in the ‘wrong’ place.

As well as investigating geographies the Guerrilla Geography Project is about making them too… why not intentionally (mis)place something for a reason?

The Guerrilla Geography Project is open to all and aims to bring together students of all ages, artists, academics, activists and anyone else who is interested in challenging, playing, creating, subverting, producing, shaping or representing places in creative ways.

Conceived and run by members of The Geography Collective, we’re getting behind the project and can’t wait to see what people contribute.

For full details and to take part visit the Guerrilla Geography Project website.

 

Mission:Explore Water

January 5, 2014

Mission:Explore Water

Over the last few months members of The Geography Collective have been working hard on Mission:Explore Water. Playful and creative, the eBook and teacher notes have been written to help children to learn about the importance of water.

Inside the eBook are 51 illustrated missions, most of which need to be completed outdoors. It’s been crafted so that you could do a series of missions over a term or have a special day or week with missions being attempted in every subject area across a school.

Mission:Explore Water has been created in association with Explorer HQ, Thames Water, the UK Environmental Agency, London Sustainable Schools Forum, the RSPB, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Mayor of London and the Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Project.

The eBooks are officially being launched on January 20th in advance of World Water Day (March 22) when we will be coordinating a day of water-based missions from the books.

We would love to have your help to launch the books. We are organising a Thunderclap which involves donating a tweet, Facebook comment or Tumblr post. It takes seconds to support the launch… just click through on this link and follow the instructions:

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/7794-teach-the-value-of-water

Thank you for your help.

Join us early in the New Year – tickets still available

December 16, 2013

We’ve put a thrilling programme together for our Camp focused on the Curriculum. The exact programme will respond to the needs of attendees. This isn’t a conference, but there will be a wealth of ideas and experience as well as Guerrilla Geography ideas. We will be located in the Surrey Hills, so will have Box Hill on the doorstep.
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Sessions that are already confirmed are:

Curriculum Creation sessions – focused on the new National Curriculum;
On and off-site fieldwork, including a geocaching practical;
Informal ‘TeachMeet’ style evening sessions;
How to assess geographical progress without levels.

This is a grass-roots, non-profit making venture and all fees cover accommodation, board and activities. This isn’t a traditional conference, and you won’t be spoken to much. There will be loads of collaboration and personalisation. The weekend is being put together by:

David Rogers, Assistant Headteacher and recipient of the RGS Ordnance Survey Award for Excellence in Geography Teaching;
Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Geographic Emerging Explorer;
Jo Debens, Head of Priory Geography, a GA Centre of Excellence;
Sam Atkins, member of the Priory Geography Team.
There are a handful (well, a small handful as there are only two) of early bird tickets left before we go into the full price tickets, which even then at £17 represent great value when compared to many commercial courses.

Tickets and details can be found HERE
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Seasonal greetings

December 16, 2013

Here’s a little something we created for last winter… Feel free to get it out again as the snow falls deep and crisp and even…. (or not)

Mission:Explore Winter

The Geography Collective Camp is 2 months away – #GCCamp

November 24, 2013

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We’ve been beavering away in the background and have started to put the programme together for our Camp focused on the Curriculum.  The exact programme will respond to the needs of attendees.  This isn’t a conference, but there will be a wealth of ideas and experience as well as Guerrilla Geography ideas.  We will be located in the Surrey Hills, so will have Box Hill on the doorstep.

Sessions confirmed are:

  • Curriculum Creation sessions – focused on the new National Curriculum;
  • On and off-site fieldwork, including a geocaching practical;
  • Informal ‘TeachMeet’ style evening sessions;
  • How to assess geographical progress without levels.

This is a grass-roots, non-profit making venture and all fees cover accommodation, board and activities.  This isn’t a traditional conference, and you won’t be spoken to much.  There will be loads of collaboration and personalisation.  The weekend is being put together by:

  • David Rogers, Assistant Headteacher and recipient of the RGS Ordnance Survey Award for Excellence in Geography Teaching;
  • Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Geographic Emerging Explorer;
  • Jo Debens, Head of Priory Geography, a GA Centre of Excellence;
  • Sam Atkins, member of the Priory Geography Team.

There are a handful of early bird tickets left before we go into the full price tickets. Even at £175, this weekend is great value when compared to many commercial courses. Get your tickets here.

How to bring a sense of adventure into the #geography classroom by @Anturus

November 24, 2013

I have been friends with Huw James from Anturus for a while now. Huw is a massive supporter of Mission:Explore and we are a massive supporter of his incredible and inspiration approach to science (and that includes geography) education. Here Huw shares with us a guest blog post about the awesome work he is doing with his team to bring the adventure into geography education.

“It’s #GeoWeek! And to celebrate, Anturus Education announced their major educational expeditions for the 2014 calendar at the Royal Geographical Society’s Explore Conference.

We at Anturus are passionate about the physical sciences, geography being one of the big ones. This year we embarked on our first education expedition taking a team of scientists down to the most active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna! The aim is to inspire the current and next generation of students and the wider public by introducing them to the physical sciences through adventure and exploration. Our objective on Etna, to create over 30 hours of resources and media materials from a remote and scientifically interesting location, and feed all the information back to schools and homes across the UK and world. We did this with over 60 videos related to the resources and live Skype in the Classroom sessions with schools in the UK, USA and Canada!

After the success of #ExpeditionEtna, we announced #ExpeditionSevern and #ExpeditionArctic for 2014. #ExpeditionSevern will be a 220 mile SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) of the river Severn with the Anturus team looking at the Ecology, Engineering, Physics and Geography around the UK’s longest river. The teams descent of the river will coincide with a Severn Bore, giving the team a unique chance to showcase the amazing properties of this river. Later in 2014, #ExpeditionArctic will commence with the team heading to 70 degrees north to deliver all the base resources and media that has been built up for schools over the year. We will also choose 6-8 students to join us on this expedition. They will take part in many personal development opportunities and help with the expedition itself by specialising in specific areas such as data collecting, video production, social marketing and more!

The purpose of Anturus (welsh for ‘Adventurous’) Education is to develop peoples curiosity in the outdoors and the physical sciences, to bring a sense of adventure to geography and to inspire a generation to look at science in a new light. Unlike other expeditions the sole focus of ours is for education and to make our deliverables simple and useful for teachers and fun enough you can even do them at home! All the resources we’ve created so far are downloadable from www.anturus.org/etna and you can subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with our trips, large and small, by entering your email address on the home page. For more info head to www.anturus.org where you can find links to all our social media and get in touch.”

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