Developing STEM related skills with Oceans: Our Blue Planet, Microsoft and BBC Learning

Evanston, IL (October 1, 2018) – Earlier this year, BBC Earth and Giant Screen Films (GSF) released Oceans: Our Blue Planet and the film has since been enjoyed by audiences worldwide! Oceans: Our Blue Planet features new ocean science and technology that allowed the filmmakers, and now audiences, to go further into the unknown depths than we ever thought possible. Global tech giant Microsoft is the exclusive sponsor for Oceans: Our Blue Planet. Partnering with BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios, Microsoft’s instructional tools have been deployed for the first time in the museum arena. The focus of this partnership is on developing a range of market-tailored educational STEM spaces to support the release of Oceans: Our Blue Planet.

BBC Learning and Microsoft have created projects and teaching resources across a range of STEM subject areas, featuring innovative digital and technology-based applications. The variety of educational content and activities available for this film were tailored around the messages and themes portrayed in Oceans: Our Blue Planet including: How do sharks swim?How are ocean currents formed?How to craft coral reefs!, and How deep is the ocean?

Using these curated educational tools and resources, students can build an understanding of ocean-related concepts using physical and digital models in a real-world context. Students will be able to create digital sensors, conduct experiments, and analyze real-time data to develop 21st century technical skills. Each lesson plan explores a scientific phenomenon which focuses on specific learning targets and includes reflection and documentation activities supported by an archive of stills and video clips.

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Oceans: Our Blue Planet is available in all formats: 2D & 3D, Dome-customized 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, D3D Laser CineDome, Fulldome Digital.

Contact your Giant Screen Films rep for leasing terms and more information.


For over twenty years, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaboration and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit


BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe. We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital & social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema & giant screen films, and consumer products. We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race. Along with our partners we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home.


OceanX Media is a nonprofit media company whose aim is to create groundbreaking media rooted in cutting-edge science that inspires global awareness about the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ocean and its inhabitants. Founded by Creative Director Mark Dalio, OceanX Media partners with leading broadcasters, research institutions, conservation organizations and other production companies to chronicle open expeditions aboard the Alucia research vessel. As an innovative media platform leveraging scientific research and ocean exploration, OceanX Media creates content spanning short-form, broadcast, IMAX and 360-degree virtual reality to galvanize the global audience toward greater stewardship of the world’s oceans. OceanX Media is the media arm of OceanX, an initiative of the Dalio Foundation. For more information, visit