Welcome to
ADVENTURE SCIENCE

"It's better to have something and not need it, than need something and not have it"

WHAT IS Adventure Science?

Using the core scientific principles of everyday life, we provide advanced and sustainable survival skills for all ages in a fun, interactive and credible environment.

Combining education, adventure and leadership training, we deliver bespoke programmes for schools and businesses throughout the 'Foundations For Life' programme.


Foundations for Life 

FFL is a series of six educational modules covering all aspects of modern day survival including health, personal safety, communication, medical emergencies and beyond. 

Each module consists of six interactive sessions that can be selected as a complete course or a 'mix and match' solution depending on time and requirements.

Each session has a direct link to the current Science curriculum and is designed to compliment classroom learning as an enrichment solution including an award programme for completion of modules.

Foundations for Life -Overview

Brilliant Bodies

This module provides an insight into our own bodies. What our body is capable of and how and why it operates (or doesn't) in certain ways. Why our own body is unique and what makes it so brilliant as well as what we can do to ensure we are operating at optimum capacity! 

Wondrous Water

Without water, our Brilliant Bodies won't work. Water is essential to our life. This module explains why we need water as well as how to source it safely. It will also cover extreme conditions and the consequences of floods and droughts.

Fabulous Food

This module provides an introduction to food as fuel. What and why we eat the way we do. how to find food in an emergency using foraging skills as well as covering modern day issues of too much food Vs too little food - feast and famine.

Clever Cover

What is home and why is it so important to be able to call somewhere 'home'? This module explores this concept as well as the importance  of finding shelter. It provides an opportunity to explore the world around us and the consequences of homelessness. 

Friendly Fires

Many people fear fire and accidents happen because they experiment in an uncontrolled and unsafe manner. This module provides a basis of fire safety, how to light fires and how to put them out. It will also include an introduction to what happens when we get too hot / too cold as well as basic First Aid applications.

Cracking Comms

Personal safety is the most important element in modern life. This module provides an introduction to communication both verbally and non-verbally. It covers safe communication in all aspects including online. It also includes and introduction to navigation and what to do when we're physically lost.

Module Beakdown

MODULE 1:: BRILLIANT BODIES


Session 1: Healthy Hearts

 This session demonstrates how amazing our hearts really are and provides an insight into the world of cardiology. We explore how and why our heart rate increases and decreases, the factors that control it and how we can look after it as well as what can go wrong.  


Session 2: Lovely Lungs 

Using simple technology and interactive CPR demonstrations and, we show you how our lungs work (in conjunction with the heart) and why its so important to keep our oxygen levels constant. We simplify every day questions such as: Why does our heart 'pound' when we are scared? Why do we get short of breath? What causes a panic attack? What causes asthma? 


Session 3: Busy Brains

 In a world of ever developing technology, we already posses the most intelligent  gadget known - our Brain! We look at this brilliant computer and investigate how we can best make it work for us via brain training and improving muscle memory. We also demonstrate the fundamental importance of head injury prevention looking at various sports helmets and recognising the early warning signs of brain injury.

Session 4: Boggling Blood

Our very own internal transport system! Blood keeps our body supplied with everything it needs. We study our blood flow system and investigate why we need it and how it's created. The importance of keeping it clean and what happens when we bleed or clot. We also demonstrate some basic First Aid principles.   

Session 5: Marvelous Medicine

 Sometimes our bodies need help to keep working. This session explores our understanding of drugs and medicines. Why do we take medication, how they work and the potential effects (beneficial and harmful). An overall, interactive 'Ask the Doctor' open surgery session (questions can be prepared in advance and can be addressed anonymously).

Session 6: Brilliant Bodies Heroes

 This final session brings together the learnings of all the previous five sessions and looks at our body as a whole. How best to protect it, what we need to fuel it, what we do if it goes wrong. It includes a recap of first aid scenarios using simple first aid skills creating our Brilliant Bodies heroes!


10 Adventure Science Points awarded on completion of module. 

Module Breakdown

MODULE 2 :: WONDROUS WATER


Session 1: Water, Water, Everywhere

 Oceans, rivers, puddles, rainfall...water is all around us, but where does it come from? We will explore the water cycle and how it relates to the environment around us. Understanding water is key to our health but also for our planet's survival. This session explores the chemical structure, properties and wonder of water.  

Session 2: Water & Me

Over 50% of our body mass is water. Without water we wouldn't function...why? What happens if we don't drink enough water, what happens if we drink too much water? Understanding how to keep ourselves hydrated is essential and this session explores our very own personal relationship with water.  


Session 3: Where's Water?

Water exists in different formations and volumes and is used in different capacities with different priorities across the globe. Here we explore the geography and ecology of various bodies of water around the planet as well as the basic water cycle and how we benefit from it as a whole.  

Session 4: Can We Drink It?

Less than 5% of the planet's water is 'fresh' and as much as we may take water for granted, with the population growing and the need for water increasing it is fast becoming a global issue. This session discusses how to effectively preserve and distribute clean water. We also explore simple filtering solutions that can be used locally or on a larger scale to help developing countries. 

Session 5: H2Flow

We are all too familiar with natural disasters across the planet. As much as we need water to survive, there are occasions where too much water can result in catastrophic outcome. Similarly, not enough water is a common problem in many parts of the world. This session explores the geographical and scientific reasons leading to both extremes (flooding and drought) and we discuss the social impact on both a local and global level. 

Session 6: Wondrous Water Heroes  

It's time to put into action all we have learned in this module. Using real life scenarios, we place our water heroes in a situation where they are expected to solve problems and make decisions that could result in a sink or swim dilemma!  


 10 Adventure Science Points awarded on completion of module.  

Module Breakdown

MODULE 3 : : FABULOUS FOOD

Session 1: Food is Fuel

Our bodies are engines and food is the fuel that keeps them running. Different foods affect us in different ways - some foods keep us going longer than others, some contain stuff that's good for us, some - not so much! We explore the concept of food. What do we consider a healthy balanced diet and what are the bare necessities for us to survive using the core scientific principles of nutrition, metabolism and respiration.  

Session 2 : Food Finder

We all shop for food. We appreciate that some foods are cheaper than others. Do we really understand where  our food comes from? Could we find it ourselves if we had to? In this session we explore the principles of foraging and local food sourcing and the basics of clean food preparation as well as outlining the social benefits of organic farming and how best to reduce food waste by making the most of what we have. 

Session 3 : Can We Eat It?

Designed as a follow up from Session 3, we delve further into food foraging concentrating on the safety aspects. We explore methods of food preparation in a real life survival scenario, our hunters will have the opportunity to go searching for their own dinner, trying some natural delicacies as well as preparing a dish.

Session 4 : Too Much Food  

We all know that healthy eating is a key factor to a healthy lifestyle and there are times when we eat too much. This session looks at the consequences of over eating and symptoms of obesity. We also explore the causes and concerns surrounding the social acceptance of being over-weight looking at different body types and shapes. 

(we are aware of the sensitivity of these subjects and will address any concerns with a relevant consenting adult prior to the session if required) 

Session 5 : Too Little Food

Here we explore what happens when we do not eat enough. We discuss the causes and effects of society pressure as well as providing a potential discussion point around eating disorders and body image issues. 

We will also provide an insight into famine and it's effects in developing and non-developed countries.

(We are aware of the sensitivity of these subjects and will address any concerns with a relevant consenting adult prior to the session if required)  

Session 6 : Fabulous Food Heroes

This session puts into action, all we have learned in this module. Using real life scenarios, we challenge our heroes to survive by problem solving and making their own decisions in order to stay alive!

 
10 Adventure Science Points awarded on completion of module.  

Module Breakdown

MODULE 4 : : CLEVER COVER

Session 1: Home Sweet Home

What is shelter? Is it just a roof over our heads? What do we need it for? what makes a house a home? This session covers the basic understanding of the need to seek cover and the potential social consequences of not having a permanent abode. As well as tips on how to find or create shelter in emergency situations.  

Session 2: Shelter Building (pt.1)

Putting knowledge into practise, we physically start building our own shelters using materials and properties available. Together we define what makes a good shelter, looking at design, functionality and longevity - a great team-buidling session.

Session 3: Shelter Building (pt.2)

Continuing on from Session 3, we explore different materials as well as looking at alternative solutions and what happens to our priorities when we are placed in extreme conditions. Do we need to alter or modify our shelter for the Arctic or for the Amazon?


Session 4: Nowhere to Live (Pt.1)

We investigate and discuss the social aspects and consequences of not having a home in more depth. Exploring the causes and effects of homelessness in the UK and what we can do as individuals to address and help combat homelessness including helping those in need the best way we can.

Session 5: Nowhere to Live (pt.2)

We examine the global effects of homelessness. Looking at social policy concerns surrounding refugees, the problems that affect them as individuals as well as larger scale issues that the situation can potentially create or impose on the population, specifically including medical concerns.  

Session 6: Clever Cover Heroes

An opportunity to put everything into practise. This session involves leadership skills and team development activity in an interactive, problem solving event where we look at various scenarios and pitch teams to solve dilemmas provided!


 10 Adventure Science Points awarded on completion of module. 

Module Breakdown

MODULE 5 : : FRIENDLY FIRE

Session 1: Friend or Foe?

What exactly is fire? What are it's components and chemical structure?

Here we look closely at fire and fire safety. How we can make and share fire safely and what our responsibilities and best practice scenarios are surrounding emergency situations in the home including First Aid minor burns guidance. 

Session 2: Fire Skills

Focusing on small campfire scenrios and emergency heating sources we look at and create our own methods of lighting a small fire in a contained and safe environment using natural materials and resources (discouraging the use of matches!) and just as importantly, how to put a fire out quickly, efficiently and safely.

Session 3: Cold Catastrophes

Hypothermia and cold injuries are more common than we think. We help our Fire Heroes understand why our bodies need heat in certain situations and how we can quickly identify warning signs of these conditions both in ourselves and others (typically children and the elderly). We demonstrate how to treat using First Aid principles.

Session 4: The Heat is On

We enable our Fire Heroes to understand and recognise the symptoms and signs of hyperthermia and over-heating. What happens when our bodies overheat through exposure to fire or the sun or various chemicals and how to treat these conditions using First Aid principles.

Session 5: Ring of Fire

This session looks at common injuries caused by fire and how to prevent them as well as how to treat basic burns and scalds by applying immediate First Aid treatment. We provide an overview of what is required in a basic first aid kit and how to create and use your own kit .

Session 6: Friendly Fire Heroes

A concluding session for the whole module, we put our Fire Heroes in charge of some emergency role-play scenarios where they become the decision maker and will be required to work within teams to react to their given situation demonstrating what they have learnt.


  10 Adventure Science Points awarded on completion of module 

Module Breakdown

MODULE 6 : : CRACKING COMMS


Session 1: Help, I need Somebody!

Looking at scenarios where we would require the emergency services both at home and out and about, what we can do as immediate response ourselves in the event of a small or larger scale situation and how best to provide a basis for personal safety before helping others in need.

Session 2: More Than Words

Sometimes talking is not the answer...communication is key but what happens in instances where we are unable to communicate verbally? Here we look at alternative non-verbal methods and various styles of traditional and more modern communication from morse code to social media. We explore the benefits of languages and have fun creating and testing our own communication skills.

Session 3: Virtuall-eSafe

We look at the importance of online safety outlining the risks and dangers involved when we use the internet for gaming, banking, web browsing etc. An interactive session that incorporates an overview of privacy laws within the media looking at various incidents of hacking as examples and highlighting the importance of password protection.

Session 4: Sociall-eSafe

Social media is the most common means of communication today. This session explores the dangers and risks as well as the benefits involved in communication and having social media accounts. We also investigate the increasing rate of cyber-bullying and what constitutes being involved.

In addition we explore the new phenomena of Celebrity YouTubing and streaming, with the opportunity of creating our own media reels in a fun and safe environment

Session 5: A2B Navigation

When we are lost, how do we get 'un-lost'? Here we learn about traditional and modern methods of navigation and exploration. How to get from A to B in a safe and efficient manner as well as how to safely navigate someone else out of trouble. Using Maps, atlases, co-ordinates and compasses as well as multi-media solutions, this session will involve team building exercises and result in our Cracking Comms heroes being expert navigators!

Session 6: Cracking Comms Heroes

Decision making time! This final session enables our heroes to explore a variety of scenarios using what they have learnt in this module and demonstrating their knowledge of all things communication -related to solve problems and navigate their team quickly and safely out of trouble. 


  10 Adventure Science Points awarded on completion of module  

How to Get Involved

STEP 1

Decide what module or modules you wish to start with (each module consists of x6 hour long sessions that can be run over as many weeks as required depending on how many participants you have).

STEP 2

If you require further information regarding any of the content just give us a call or drop us an email - we would be more than happy to talk you through the structure of the sessions and what to expect.


STEP 3

Once you have all the information, go ahead and call us to book. Then sit back and let us do the work!

Don't Just Take Our Word...

"Today gave me a real insight into different career paths. Tom (The Science/Adventure man), made me see that it's ok to change your mind and not worry...he was very interesting" 

Yr 10 student, Weavers Academy


"My favourite activity was the body game outside with the ropes, passing oxygen and carbon dioxide to each other. I enjoyed this the most  because it helped me learn how the body works but was also fun"

Freya Ainsworth, age 11

"I thought both days were very interesting, enabling me to expand my knowledge further of life outside education"

Yr 10 student, Weavers Academy

 "Tom and Rachel were able to really engage the students in all the activities on offer. The students were able to develop not only their understanding of science but also their communication and teamwork skills. I highly recommend getting Adventure Science into any school!" 

Miss Hannah Spencer, Head of Science, Redmoor Academy 

The Healthy Heart activity outside was great as we got taught a lot but in a really fun way"

Yr 7 student, Redmoor Academy

 "Thank you to Tom and Rachel from #AdventureScience the girls had THE BEST #BigAdventure this week. They loved every minute and can't wait for the next one! Fun, learning and fresh air. Ticks all my boxes!! Highly recommended "

Sophia Asten.

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Who We Are

Tom Evans Co-Founder 

As the son of a Biochemistry graduate and Science teacher, I have always been encouraged and enthused about Mother Nature's wonders. Spending my childhood holidays exploring the rockpools and coastlines of West Wales as one of four brothers, it was inevitable that I would develop a lifetime passion for the outdoors lifestyle and a desire to learn and appreciate the natural elements of our world.

At school I continued my passion for Sciences and eventually went on to graduate from Leicester Medical School as a doctor in 2001. From there, I went on to join the Navy as a Medical Officer, specialising in 'extreme environmental medicine' and working in the ‘Diving and Hyperbaric’ area. 

My enthusiasm for the outdoors and adventure naturally developed during this period. Upon leaving the Navy in 2008, I decided to return to Northamptonshire and enter General Practise. During this time, I have been active in promoting 'health & wellbeing' to schools and have attended and led various 'Health Days' within schools around the county as well as supporting Key Stage 4 pupils in applying for medical school.  

I have also more recently become a STEM Ambassador where I have been involved with promoting core science skills at schools. 

My drive and enthusiasm for these subjects, combined with my outdoor experiences and training led to the creation of the ‘Foundations For Life’ programme and most recently co-founding Adventure Science.  

Being able to deliver the mission statement to as many children as possible is key to me. Being able to teach and encourage future generations that even if they do not follow traditional science as a career, it's natural to appreciate science as a foundation for everyday life. 

Rachel Gordon Co-Founder

Born and raised in a natural 'Area of Outstanding Beauty' (Snowdonia), as the daughter of an international mountaineering guide and Founding Member of the local Mountain Rescue team, I was exposed to the elements of survival from an early age. 

Although my career path led me to London to study Politics and Social Sciences, I have always maintained a passion for the outdoors and would utilise every opportunity to travel and explore in my spare time. 

Following university, I embarked on a year-long trip that took me around South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and as far as Vanuatu. This experience was invaluable to my appreciation of being able not just to survive, but to thrive using basic elements of communication and adapting to environmental changes and language barriers. 

The last 15 years have been spent working in the IT industry, where I have gained a wealth of knowledge heading up marketing and PR departments. These transferable skills are now being used to co-found and evolve Adventure Science alongside my partner. Together I believe we share a mutual passion for making this subject innovative, fun, interactive and inclusive to all by combining our life skills, experiences and credentials. 

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