Welcome to the World’s
Most Exciting Classroom

Over 100 weeks (from August 2023 to July 2025), DARWIN200 will beam out weekly classroom episodes intended to inspire children’s curiosity and passion for learning. The World’s Most Exciting Classroom is completely free to join!

Darwin200: Putting the Adventure Back into Science.


ACTIVITIES

Every week, we will bring to you:

  • interactive experiments inspired by Charles Darwin’s research and discoveries. Complete these experiments at home or at school to win 3 * £50 weekly prizes.
  • live lectures and interviews with amazing conservationists and wildlife specialists (where possible, beamed from exotic locations).
  • a weekly kahoots quiz (with a £50 prize).
  • a Darwin story exploring a different aspect of Charles Darwin’s discoveries, research and life.
  • live uplinks via Starlink (where possible). Meet the sailors and researchers aboard the historic tall ship Oosterschelde.
  • Interviews with Darwin Leaders. Find out about their incredible conservation projects and ask them any questions about their findings.
  • Curiosity of the Week. At the end of every World’s Most Exciting Classroom, we will show you an unusual and interesting natural history object – can you work out what it is? Submit your answers before next week’s session to find out!
  • and more!

WEEKLY COMPETITIONS

Every week we have £200 of prizes to give away

Open to everyone!

UPLOAD YOUR RESULTS

Upload your results & Curiosity of the Week Entries

for the chance to win prizes!

ONLINE CLASSROOM Schedule

One hundred weekly events brought to you by DARWIN200 and Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants.

WEEK 3: Komodo Dragons, Chameleons and more!
Date: 7th September
WEEK 4: Sea Turtles, Octopus and Charles Darwin’s Specimens
Date: 15th September | Link: https://www.youtube.com/live/BZ7YkzQJ3Uo

ONLINE CLASSROOM EVENTS

EPISODE 1: CORAL

In this week’s World’s Most Exciting Classroom, DARWIN200 Project Leader provides an overview of Charles Darwin’s research and discoveries. We then beam to the Ocean Conservation Trust to discover coral and the ecological diversity and conservation of coral reefs.

EPISODE 2: WHALES, DOLPHINS AND DRAGON TREES

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom, host Joe Grabowski takes viewers live to the DARWIN200 ship in Tenerife, Canary Islands. DARWIN200 Project Leader Stewart McPherson recounts Charles Darwin’s visit to the Canary Islands on HMS Beagle, noting Darwin’s inability to land due to a quarantine.

EPISODE 3: KOMODO DRAGONS, CHAMELEONS AND MORE!

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom, host Joe Grabowski broadcasts live from the DARWIN200 ship en route from Tenerife, Canary Islands to Cape Verde.

He introduces a special Explorer’s Club flag on the tallship Oosterschelde and interviews camera operators Rhodri Hall and Tom Dixon about their filming experiences on board and in Tenerife.

EPISODE 4: MEET AN OCTOPUS

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re live in Cape Verde:

– We visit the Natural History Museum in London to see the octopus specimen that Charles Darwin collected in Cape Verde.

– Travel virtually to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to meet their octopus Barbra.

And more…

EPISODE 5: EXPLORING CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re crossing the Atlantic Ocean as we sail for Fernando de Noronha, Brazil:

– We see some Darwin Leader videos from Cape Verde highlighting sea bird conservation and the rediscovery of a lizard that was believed to be extinct.

– Learn about the exciting world of carnivorous plants with expedition leader Stewart McPherson.

And more…

EPISODE 6: EXPLORING SARGASSUM, GIANT SNAILS AND CROSSING THE ATLANTIC

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re crossing the Atlantic Ocean as we sail for Fernando de Noronha, Brazil:

– We beam in live to the Oosterschelde to learn about the creatures they found in the Sargassum seaweed.

– Travel virtually to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to learn about how PH levels impact corals and the shells of marine life.

And more…

EPISODE 7: ALL ABOUT SEA TURTLES

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re live from Fernando de Noronha, Brazil:

– See a conservation capture of a sea turtle, its measurements, genetic sampling and monitoring to ascertain the health of the population at Fernando de Noronha.

– Beam live to the field and meet Nina Marcovaldi from Project Tamar in Fernando de Noronha and see her incredible work conserving turtles.

And more…

EPISODE 8: SPINNER DOLPHINS AND CORAL TRANSECTS

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re sailing for Salvador, Brazil:

– Live uplink from the Oosterschelde with camera operators Josh and Nico.

– Meet Rannvá Jørmundsson from 4th Element, an experienced cave diver who just spent the week in the water, conducting a coral reef survey around Fernando de Noronha.

And more…

EPISODE 9: EXPLORING MANGROVES AND FINDING NEW PRAYING MANTISES

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re live in Salvador, Brazil:

– Meet National Geographic Explorer Leo Lanna as he introduces us to the incredible biodiversity of praying mantises in Brazil!

– Meet some live praying mantises!

And more…

EPISODE 10: THE TURTLE HOSPITAL AND GUIANA DOLPHINS

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re live in Salvador, Brazil:

– We’ll take a virtual field trip to the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys to meet some sea turtles and learn about their rescue and rehabilitation work.

– Talk with Darwin Leader Luca Vincent to learn about the guiana dolphin conservation in Salvador.

And more…

EPISODE 11: A VISIT WITH ASTRONAUT NICOLE STOTT

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re sailing towards Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

– We’ll be joined by retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott! She’s spent over 100 days in space on both the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

And more…

EPISODE 12: LIVE FROM ILHAS CAGARRAS OFF RIO DE JANEIRO

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

– We’ll beam in live from a dive boat off the Ilhas Cagarras where we’ll have just finished our first scuba dive of the morning to monitor the sea turtles around the islands.

– Meet some of the conservationists working on the sea turtle and coral projects with Projeto Ilhas do Rio

And more…

EPISODE 13: REPLANTING THE ATLANTIC RAINFOREST AND CLOUD FOREST

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re sailing for Uruguay:

– We’ll be joined live by the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center who are currently planting 200 trees in honour of Darwin200 in the cloud forest in Nicaragua.

– Live uplink from the Oosterschelde to catch up on how life on the ship is going as they sail for Uruguay.

And more…

EPISODE 14: ALBATROSS AND PLANT ADAPTATIONS WITH EDEN PROJECT

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re sailing towards Uruguay.

– We’ll beam in live to Eden Project in Cornwall, UK! Join us as we explore the World’s Largest Captive Rainforest with their incredible Education team.

And more…

EPISODE 15: SHARKS, ROV’S AND GIANT TORTOISES

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re live in Uruguay.

– We’ll beam in live from Punta del Este in Uruguay and explore the Oosterschelde.

– The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is preparing an exciting shark event for us where we will see them feeding their sharks and learn all about these amazing ocean predators.

And more…

EPISODE 16: IMPORTANCE OF RAINFORESTS & SHARKS IN URUGUAY

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re sailing for Puerto Madryn, Argentina.

– A live uplink from the Oosterschelde and see what’s been happening since they set sail from Uruguay.

– We’ll head to Eden Project in Cornwall, the largest indoor rainforest in the world! We’ll explore the rainforest while learning how climate change is impacting these tropical ecosystems.

And more…

EPISODE 17: LIVE FROM A MAGELLANIC PENGUIN COLONY IN PATAGONIA

In this episode of the World’s Most Exciting Classroom we’re live in a Magellanic Penguin Colony in Patagonia, Argentina!

– We’re going to be live in the field visiting a Magellanic penguin colony in Patagonia!

– Joining us will be Pablo Borboroglu, the founder of the Global Penguin Society and a highly awarded conservationist. We’ll be visiting a penguin colony that several years ago had fallen to only a few pairs of penguins. Thanks to incredible conservation work, there are now thousands of penguins breeding there each year.

And more…

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