“Hosting The Geography Collective at Hay Fever 2012 was fantastic! They were enthusiastic, flexible and really well organised. But most importantly families visiting Hayabsolutely loved them – we’re looking forward to having them back onboard in 2013 already.” Hay Festival
We are currently managing and working on a range of cool projects along with our best friends at The Workshop (Sheffield). We’re working to increase the number of families using the National Cycle Network and to reduce amount of water being used in London schools. We do this both through our Mission:Explore website and by working on bespoke projects for partners including National Geographic, Thames Water, the Environment Agency, London 2012 and Sanctuary Housing. Here are descriptions of two of our different projects.
Launching in September 2011, MissionExplore.Net is also Mission:Explore 2.0. To replace the current website, the new website has been made possible by funding which was won through GeoVation from Ideas in Transit and the Technology Strategy Board.
As part of the bid to GeoVation we are working on a major project with Sustrans and Arla to use MissionExplore.Net to bring more children into nature on the National Cycle Network. This
will be done through setting challenges for children to complete which will result in winning points and earning badges.
Ready for Geography Awareness Week in November we are also working with National Geographic Education. As part of the campaign we have created 20 missions and 4 badges to be completed and won. These missions have been carefully designed to encourage young people to explore and learn about their communities in new ways.
Third and public sector organisations can add missions to MissionExplore.Net for as little at £25.
Discover Explore is part of Discovering Places which is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor. Discovering Places is delivered in partnership between The Heritage Alliance and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Based on the Mission:Explore website, Discover Explore helps young people and their families discover hidden, extraordinary, important and historical stories and places in cutting-edge and engaging ways.
The website encourages families to get outdoors and become involved in inspirational, personalised and creative activities. Using the lastest online technologies, explorers use the website to find missions. They then head off on adventures set along the Great Glen Way between Fort William and Inverness. This pilot project will take in over 400 million years of natural and human stories.
Discover Explore will engage you with the historic environment in new ways – expect to discover the art of the Picts, track elusive Scottish wild cats and investigate the stories of people who have used the Great Glen Way to spread influence, power and the important Olympic theme of truce.