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

4 - 15 May, 2020

AXA Arctic Live 2020

Book free live lessons with polar scientists and learn about life and science in the frozen north. Broadcasting from the UK's Arctic Research Station on Svalbard, the first week will focus on life and work in the Arctic, with the second exploring the...

Archived Events

9 - 20 Nov, 2020

AXA Coral Live 2020

AXA Coral Live is an annual live lesson event connecting students to experts at the CARMABI biodiversity and marine research station. The live event offers teachers a fresh way to build literacy, practice working scientifically, inspire STEM careers ...

18 Nov - 20 Dec, 2019

Plastic Free Christmas 2019

Plastic Free Christmas 2019 was a five-week, cross-curricular programme designed to enable students aged 7-11 to explore how plastics are made, used, and disposed of. Schools joined to encourage students to become sustainable advocates, through a ser...

11 - 15 Nov, 2019

AXA XL 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 XL 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

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

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

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 Sep 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

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

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 Sep, 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

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 Sep - 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

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

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

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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