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How to survive in the Arctic

This live lesson explores what it is like to live above the Arctic Circle. Arctic research station leader Nick Cox will answer questions about his work at the UK's Arctic Research Station. Nick Cox has worked in the polar regions for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience to share with students.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AXA Arctic Live 2021 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the UK's Arctic Research Station.

Broadcast on Fri 11 Jun 2021
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11
Curriculum links

Life in cold climates

  • Develop locational knowledge of the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Describe and understand aspects of physical geography including climate zones and polar biomes

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This live lesson is suited to all students studying geography.

The lesson assumes no prior knowledge of the Arctic, but students may find it useful to have worked through a preparatory lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

Session outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The live lesson will open with a welcome to Nick Cox and his role as the Station Manager for the UK’s Arctic , as well as an introduction to the work that the Arctic Office performs. The host will give any shout outs to participating students and schools.

2. Pre-submitted questions (15 mins)

Jamie will then conduct a structured interview using questions which have been submitted by schools in advance.

3. Live questions (25 mins)

The expert and Jamie will then attempt to answer as many of the pre-submitted and live chat questions from schools as possible.

Free access for Teacher Plus subscribers

Free access to this live lesson is supported by AXA as part of their Action+ programme. Use the coupon code ILOVETHEARCTIC to receive free access to this lesson, and then email us with the action that you have taken:



AL2020 Speaker Jamie

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

Arctic Live 2018 Nick Cox

Nick Cox

Station Manager, UK Arctic Research Station, British Antarctic Survey, UK

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