Live Lessons

Pioneering Learning Experiences

Bring learning and science to life, and connect your students to the frontiers of learning from the Arctic to the coral reef, interacting directly with explorers and scientists.

Each Encounter Live event combines live video-links, with Encounter Edu's resources, videos and virtual reality content to create an engaging and integrated approach to learning.

Upcoming Events

26 May, 2022

Your Amazing Brain Live 2022

Your Amazing Brain Live is an opportunity for classes to be part of a live brain-scanning experiment. This live event is part of the wider Your Amazing Brain project working with select schools in the Banbury area.

Archived Events

21 Apr - 4 May, 2022

AXA Arctic Live 2022

We are back at the UK Arctic Research Station on Svalbard to bring you a series of live lessons for all ages.

14 - 17 Mar, 2022

NFU Science Farm Live 2022

To celebrate British Science Week 2022, NFU Education took over 150,000 students on an adventure to explore the Great British countryside and meet the people who look after its landscapes and animals.

8 - 17 Nov, 2021

AXA Coral Live 2021

We are delighted to be returning to the CARMABI research station on Curacao in the Caribbean for Coral Live this year. Join us and the team of scientists in exploring the wonders of the coral reef. There are lessons for all ages, with a focus on wonder and living things for younger students, all the way to exam-grade case studies on marine ecosystems.

1 - 4 Nov, 2021

NFU Food, farming and the planet 2021

Join us for a unique insight into the relationship between farming and climate change.

28 - 29 Sept, 2021

NFU Harvest Live 2021

Harvest is just around the corner! Join us to celebrate with two engaging, curriculum-aligned live lessons from NFU Education.

7 - 17 Jun, 2021

AXA Arctic Live 2021

Join us in exploring the frozen oceans of the Arctic in 2021. Connect your students to scientists and explorers who are working to understand how the Arctic environment is changing.

8 - 10 Jun, 2021

World Ocean Day Live 2021

For World Ocean Day 2021 we celebrated with three live lessons all about our ocean planet.

5 - 14 Mar, 2021

NFU Science Farm Live 2021

During British Science Week 2021, we examined the science behind the food that you eat and the thousands of people involved in its production. Over 200,00 students joined us in exploring the Great British countryside and meeting the people who look after its landscapes, animals, and farms. You can watch all these lessons on catch-up, to discover how British farmers are innovating for the future and producing food for the planet while caring for our natural environment.

9 - 19 Nov, 2020

AXA Coral Live 2020

AXA Coral Live 2020 ran from 9–19 November, when the team broadcast from the National Marine Aquarium in the UK, connecting live to coral and coral reef experts and scientists from the CARMABI research station on Curacao to bring coral science live to classrooms around the world.

8 June, 2020

World Ocean Day Live 2020

Join us for World Oceans Day where we will celebrate with a live lesson all about the Arctic ocean.

20 Apr - 21 May, 2020

FSC Fieldwork Live

Watch free live fieldwork lessons on catch-up with expert field tutors from the Field Studies Council (FSC), building geographical and scientific enquiry skills in a range of locations.

4 - 15 May, 2020

AXA Arctic Live 2020

The most northerly live education event returns for 2020. Connect live to the expedition team as they investigate how the frozen oceans off Svalbard are changing.

22 April, 2020

Earth Day Live

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with two live panel sessions, focusing on the environmental impacts of the illegal wildlife trade and the inspiring work being carried out by individuals and organisations to protect endangered species.

6 - 16 Apr, 2020

Science Club Live | Spring

Science Club Live was a two-week long series of coral science and craft activities for budding underwater explorers. Every day students completed a family-friendly science or craft activity that builds knowledge and understanding of the wonder of cor...

30 Mar - 3 Apr, 2020

Scientists and Explorers Live

Whether you were learning from home, school or anywhere else, you joined us for Scientists and Explorers Live, a programme of Live Lessons where you connected to ask questions live to a wide range of different experts. These live lessons explored a r...

23 - 27 Mar, 2020

Nekton Submarine STEM 2020

Join the submarine explorers of the Nekton Mission as they investigate the depths of the Indian Ocean. Nekton Submarine STEM 2020 was brought to you by Inmarsat.

4 - 20 Mar, 2020

Reefs Go Live 2020

Amazing underwater live lessons from the CCMI team sharing the Cayman Islands' fabulous reefs. It's also a chance to learn about some special iguanas.

11 - 15 Nov, 2019

AXA Coral Live 2019

AXA XL Coral Live is an annual live education from the CARMABI biodiversity and marine research station that gives teachers a fresh way to build literacy, practice working scientifically, inspire STEM careers and develop environmental stewardship amo...

1 - 8 May, 2019

AXA Arctic Live 2019

AXA XL Arctic Live 2019 ran from 1 - 8 May. The Encounter Edu team live-streamed from the UK Arctic Research Station on Svalbard, to bring life and science in the frozen north to thousands of students globally. Teachers shared ongoing field work by r...

25 - 29 Mar, 2019

AXA Submarine Live 2019

Submarine Live connected thousands of students across the globe to the Nekton First Descent team, as they investigated the uncharted depths of the Indian Ocean around the Seychelles archipelago.

29 Oct - 9 Nov, 2018

AXA Coral Live 2018

From 29 October through 09 November, AXA Coral Live connected students globally and enabled them to discuss science and geography with Encounter Edu field education team and marine scientists live streaming from CARMABI Research Centre from the islan...

1 - 10 May, 2018

AXA Arctic Live 2018

Encounter Edu and the science expedition team travelled on April 29th to the most northerly permanent settlement in the world to bring the latest polar science to the fore. Over 21,000 students connected live to the science research aimed at increasi...

12 Sept 2017 - 30 Apr, 2018

My Voice-My School 2017

Running for a fourth year, My Voice-My School amplified the voices of over 300 students from 15 schools in the UK, Norway and Belgium who partnered with UNRWA schools in Syria and Gaza. During the virtual exchange programme, students in Europe and Pa...

30 Oct - 10 Nov, 2017

AXA Coral Live 2017

In November 2017, XL Catlin Coral Live took more than 10,000 globally to a virtual trip in Bermuda. Through one-to-one video encounters and live broadcasts, teachers, students and researchers engaged in a lively global conversation about coral scienc...

7 - 16 Mar, 2017

AXA Arctic Live 2017

Between 7-16 March 2017 over 10,000 young people of all ages from five continents participated in the XL Catlin Arctic Live event. This was an exciting learning experience connecting schools in 19 countries with members of an expedition team based at...

6 Jun - 6 Sept, 2016

My Voice-My School 2016

Over the course of five months, students from schools in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, UK and USA gained inspiration and a sense of solidarity across borders from their peers from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza. For Palestine refugees, meeting their pee...

7 - 17 Mar, 2016

AXA Arctic Live 2016

In March 2016, over 10,000 children and young people connected live with Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop in the UK Arctic Research Station in Svalbard and with marine biologists based in the UK. Students had the chance to see the vast, snowy landscape of the A...

3 Sept - 13 Dec, 2015

My Voice-My School 2015

In 2015, Palestine Refugee students from three schools in Syria met online with their peers from schools in London and Brussels to share their stories and advocate for their own education and future. One of the Skype conversations between students in...

4 - 15 May, 2015

AXA Arctic Live 2015

The team returned to the Arctic for a second year to share the spectacular beauty of this unique ecosystem with over 4,000 young people across the world via Skype in the classroom. Older students discovered exciting science career paths from polar sc...

21 - 31 Jan, 2015

AXA Coral Live 2015

In January 2015, the first Coral Live event brought the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expedition from Southeast Asia’s Coral Triangle closer to 3,000 students globally. They interacted via Skype in the classroom with the expedition team in East Timor and ...

26 Aug - 16 Nov, 2014

My Voice-My School 2014

In 2014, UNRWA and Digital Explorer (now Encounter Edu) piloted the idea of connecting Palestine Refugee students from Syria in UNRWA schools in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with their peers in the UK in an effort to promote solidarity, understanding an...

21 Apr - 1 May, 2014

AXA Arctic Live 2014

During the first Arctic Live event we joined Dr Helen Findlay and her team from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Plymouth University, at the UK Arctic Research Station on Svalbard. Thousands of students connected live via Skype to the Arctic resear...

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