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ABOUT US

We Beam Science, Exploration, Adventure and Conservation into classrooms surrounding the GMT Time Zone

We connect classrooms with leading scientists, explorers, adventurers and conservationists from all over the world for virtual guest speakers and field trips. All events run through Zoom Video Conferencing, allowing classrooms to join three ways: interacting on screen through a camera spot, by tuning into the live YouTube stream or viewing the recorded events afterwards via our YouTube Channel. What we do is 100% free for classrooms everywhere and always will be!

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers, adventurers and conservationists. We believe these events help students to become global citizens by exposing them to important and challenging issues, amazing places around the world, positive role models and exciting new career paths. ​Students won't remember every math or language lesson, but they will remember the time they were hanging out in a penguin colony in Antarctica or chatting with someone who just rowed across an ocean.

The scientists, explorers, adventurers and conservationists we work with all remember a time they meet someone, saw a documentary or read a book that ignited a passion and led them to where they are today. Our goals is to spark these tiny 'aha' moments in classrooms everywhere! 

WHO WE ARE

Joe Grabowski is a science communicator and scuba diver working to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers. He founded the non-profit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants while still teaching middle school science and math. In 2017, he was selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and shortly after became National Geographic’s first Education Fellow. He's currently the project lead on National Geographic's Explorer Classroom program.

 

In 2018, Joe was selected as a Top 50 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Explorers Club. An avid scuba diver, he's always looking for an excuse to sink beneath the waves, with highlights including the Great Barrier Reef, diving with Great Hammerheads in Bimini, playing with sea lions in the Galapagos and diving on a German U-boat off the coast of North Carolina.

Jesse Hildebrand is the VP of Education at Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants. He's a wide ranging science communicator who founded Canada's Science Literacy Week. Each September, 100's of institutions and orgainzations across Canada throw their doors open to the general public, hosting a wide range of science events. He's produced Toronto's Story Collider live show and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorers Club.

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