Essential Information

Type Family fun
Location
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times 24 October - 27 October | 11am 1pm and 2pm-4pm
Prices Free

This half term, discover hands on science activities inspired by the research taking place in the polar regions with the UK Polar Network.

Explore the depths of the freezing waters, delve into the mysteries of glaciers and investigate research techniques.

Child dressed up in polar jacket and goggles.

Whilst you are here, why not pick up the 'Survive' family trail to help you explore the Polar Worlds gallery. 

Across the four days, scientists from the UK Polar Network will be on site at the National Maritime Museum with a programme of family friendly talks, hands-on science activities and the opportunity for families to ask questions about the polar regions and polar research. 

Discover what life as a researcher is like, find out about glacier physics, explore climate and so much more!

Activities will be taking place across the Museum and are suitable for all visiting families. 

Please note that activities and timings are subject to change.

Sunday 24th October

Hands-on activities:

Titanic Game (Great Map) | 11.00-16.00

Icebergs are a key part of the ice-ocean interface and owe importance to ice sheet mass loss and the release of freshwater. They also pose great risk to human activities including shipping, tourism and offshore infrastructure. Do you want to know where Titanic sank and where the iceberg responsible came from? Come along!

Staying Warm at the Poles (Learning Space) | 11.30 - 12.30

To work safely in Polar regions, scientists need to wear the right clothing, footwear and have access to specialist equipment to ensure they can withstand the many challenges faced in these cold environments. Join us and experience dressing up like a polar scientist!

Create Your Own Polar Animal (Learning Space) | 13.00-14.00

Polar animals live in some of the harshest conditions on Earth, experiencing freezing temperatures and darkness for up to half a year. Join us to learn a little about why polar animals are so well adapted to their environments, and design and create your own polar animal!

Polar Food Web (Learning Space)  | 14.30-15.30

We’ll see what a food web is, how complex the polar food web is and what happens if different parts of the intricate web become extinct. Join us and become part of the polar food web!

Family friendly talks by UK Polar Network scientist:

Local Climate Impacts and Solutions | 13.00-13.30

The polar regions are changing at an unprecedented rate. Combined, Greenland and Antarctica contain a total of 60 meters worth of sea level rise. Understanding the implications associated with deglaciating ice sheets and the subsequent solutions is vital for ensuring climate stability for future generations. Come join us for some inspiration about what you can do!

 

Life as a Researcher | 14.30-15.00

Join us to hear about the fascinating world of polar research. In this session you will hear research stories from our very own volunteers and get the opportunity to ask any questions you have about what they research!

 

Monday 25th October

Hands-on activities:

Glacier Physics (Learning Space) | 11.30-12.30

Glaciers are large bodies of ice that actively flow, or slide, through a landscape.  How fast they move and how they behave can be controlled by various factors, including steepness of the land, if water flows underneath and if obstacles obstruct their flow. Make your own mini-glacier and see what happens!

Polar Food Web (Great Map) | 11.30

We’ll see what a food web is, how complex the polar food web is and what happens if different parts of the intricate web become extinct. Join us and become part of the polar food web!

 

Create Your Own Polar Animal (Learning Space) | 14.30-15.30

Polar animals live in some of the harshest conditions on Earth, experiencing freezing temperatures and darkness for up to half a year. Join us to learn a little about why polar animals are so well adapted to their environments, and design and create your own polar animal!

 

Staying Warm at the Poles (Great Map) | 11.30 - 12.30

To work safely in Polar regions, scientists need to wear the right clothing, footwear and have access to specialist equipment to ensure they can withstand the many challenges faced in these cold environments. Join us and experience dressing up like a polar scientist!

Family friendly talks by UK Polar Network scientist:

Local Climate Impacts and Solutions | 11.30-12.00

The polar regions are changing at an unprecedented rate. Combined, Greenland and Antarctica contain a total of 60 meters worth of sea level rise. Understanding the implications associated with deglaciating ice sheets and the subsequent solutions is vital for ensuring climate stability for future generations. Come join us for some inspiration about what you can do!

Life as a Researcher | 13.00-13.30

Join us to hear about the fascinating world of polar research. In this session you will hear research stories from our very own volunteers and get the opportunity to ask any questions you have about what they research!

 

Tuesday 26th October

Hands-on activities:

Titanic Game (Great Map) | 11.00-16.00

Icebergs are a key part of the ice-ocean interface and owe importance to ice sheet mass loss and the release of freshwater. They also pose great risk to human activities including shipping, tourism and offshore infrastructure. Do you want to know where Titanic sank and where the iceberg responsible came from? Come along!

Staying Warm at the Poles (Great Map) | 11.30 - 12.30

To work safely in Polar regions, scientists need to wear the right clothing, footwear and have access to specialist equipment to ensure they can withstand the many challenges faced in these cold environments. Join us and experience dressing up like a polar scientist!

Glacier Physics (Learning Space) | 14.30-15.30

Glaciers are large bodies of ice that actively flow, or slide, through a landscape.  How fast they move and how they behave can be controlled by various factors, including steepness of the land, if water flows underneath and if obstacles obstruct their flow. Make your own mini-glacier and see what happens!

Family friendly talks by UK Polar Network scientist:

Life as a Researcher | 11.30-12:00

Join us to hear about the fascinating world of polar research. In this session you will hear research stories from our very own volunteers and get the opportunity to ask any questions you have about what they research!

 

Wednesday 27th October

Hands-on activities:

Titanic Game (Propeller Space) | 11.00-16.00

Icebergs are a key part of the ice-ocean interface and owe importance to ice sheet mass loss and the release of freshwater. They also pose great risk to human activities including shipping, tourism and offshore infrastructure. Do you want to know where Titanic sank and where the iceberg responsible came from? Come along!

Staying Warm at the Poles (Learning Space) | 11.30 - 12.30

To work safely in Polar regions, scientists need to wear the right clothing, footwear and have access to specialist equipment to ensure they can withstand the many challenges faced in these cold environments. Join us and experience dressing up like a polar scientist!

Glacier Physics (Learning Space) | 14.30-15.30

Glaciers are large bodies of ice that actively flow, or slide, through a landscape.  How fast they move and how they behave can be controlled by various factors, including steepness of the land, if water flows underneath and if obstacles obstruct their flow. Make your own mini-glacier and see what happens!

Family friendly talks by UK Polar Network scientist:

Life as a Researcher | 11.30-12:00

Join us to hear about the fascinating world of polar research. In this session you will hear research stories from our very own volunteers and get the opportunity to ask any questions you have about what they research!

An emperor penguin and its young chick against an icy blue background

Ice Worlds

Visit Greenwich for a fantastic free festival of polar science and exploration, and see Britain's newest polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough up close!

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