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Joe Grabowski

Joe Grabowski

Joe is an award-winning science educator, explorer, and public speaker. He's positioned at the intersection of science, education, outreach, and technology. Joe has brought science and exploration to life for over a million students from kindergarten to post secondary, and spoken in front of audiences around the world.

He founded the non-profit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants (EBTSOYP), with a goal to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers. EBTSOYP does this by bringing those on the frontlines of science, exploration, conservation, and adventure live into classrooms through virtual guest speakers and field trips. Since 2015, EBTSOYP hosted 3,500+ live events connecting a million students with leading scientists and explorers from 100 countries.

Joe's using technology to open the most remote corners of the planet to classrooms, sending textbook-sized satellite units into the field with explorers so they can live broadcast into classrooms from the most remote regions on the planet.


In 2017, he was selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, shortly after becoming National Geographic’s first Education Fellow, and founding National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom program. Joe's a top 50 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Explorers Club. In 2022, he was elected to the board of directors of the Explorers Club.​

Joe's an experienced scuba diver, exploring cold Canadian waters, and around the world in places like Australia, Fiji, Dubai, Cozumel, the US, and the Galapagos - from German U-boats to the Great Barrier Reef. 

2023 | ISTE 20 to Watch Award

2023 | Royal Geographical Society Fellow (UK)

2023 | Citation of Merit: Explorers Club Canadian Chapter

2022 | Elected to the Board of the Explorers Club


2021 | WeNaturalists People of Nature Awards in the category of Environment Educator


2019 | Environment and Climate Change Canada Grantee

2019 | National Science and Engineering Council Grantee

2019 | HundrED K-12 Top 100 Global Education Innovation

2019 | National Geographic Fellow

2018 | National Geographic Grantee

2018 | Explorers Club Fellow

2018 | Top 50 Finalist Global Teacher Prize

2018 | National Geographic Fellow

2018 | Ocean Exploration Trust Science Communication Fellow

2018 | Visiting Scientist University of Guelph 

2017 | National Geographic Emerging Explorer

2017 | Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow

2017 | National Geographic Fellow

2016 | National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

2016 | Canadian Scholarship Trust Inspired Minds Learning Project Grand Prize Winner 

Awards and Recognition

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