Great question! When we're not launching new festivals for the general public, we're running live classroom events for classrooms around the world. Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is an education non-profit with a goal of inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers. We do this by bringing those on the front lines of science, exploration, conservation and adventure live into classrooms across North America through virtual guest speakers and field trips. Since 2015, we've run well over 3,000 live events, connecting half a million students with scientists and explorers in 95 countries. What we do is and always will be free for classrooms everywhere.
Each month we host up to 60 live events for classrooms to join, tackling themes like climate change, biodiversity, space exploration, women in science, ocean plastic and much more. Classrooms join in camera spots so they can interact directly with the speakers. At the same time, all events stream live via YouTube, so any number of classrooms can join, interacting through the live chat and Kahoot quizzes. All of the events record to our YouTube channel, creating a library that can be used by educators and students anytime. While most events take place from scientists and explorers homes, labs, offices or in the field with a good 4G connection, we found a way to video broadcast live into classrooms from the most remote regions on the planet! We have several textbook-sized satellite units we send into the field, allowing the speakers to broadcast from the tops of volcanoes, the middle of rainforests, remote coral atolls, even the the Arctic and Antarctica.
All of the scientists and explorers who give their time to take part in Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants events all remember a time that they met someone, saw a documentary, read a book or had an inspiring educator that ignited a passion, leading them to where they are today. It’s these tiny ‘aha’ moments that we are striving to spark in classrooms everywhere! Help us reach our goal of funding one month of classroom events that will reach tens of thousands of students.