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Teachers can apply for free Everest science kit from MSU

January 10, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Classrooms across Montana will have the opportunity to follow an expedition to Mount Everest this spring, interacting with the climbers and using equipment that lets them mimic the team's scientific research.

Montana State University and Montana NSF EPSCoR are providing 10 Montana teachers with a classroom kit full of scientific equipment that correlates to the Spring 2012 expedition. The kit will include a GPS unit, geological samples and tools, weather measurement equipment, maps, books and more.

The kits are part of the Everest Education Expedition, an effort to help classrooms and citizens around the state connect with the science of Everest and the Himalayan Mountains as several Montana climbers set out to commemorate the first American ascent of the world's tallest mountain.

The Everest Education Expedition will be led by Bozeman resident and author Conrad Anker. MSU professor Dave Lageson will serve as the team's field geologist.

The kits will allow classrooms to mirror the research of Lageson and his Nepali Sherpa team, who will be using GPS units to catalog rock formations in the Khumbu region and on Mount Everest. Classrooms will also be encouraged to mimic other scientific research of the team, such as conducting photo monitoring projects, tracking weather patterns and considering the impacts of high-altitude physiology.

Teachers of grades fourth through eighth are eligible to apply for a kit, and will be selected based on their commitment to incorporating the Everest science concepts into their classrooms as well as their ideas for sharing the Everest information beyond their own classroom.

Teachers who do not receive a kit will still be able to participate in the Everest Education Expedition via online resources such as lesson plans, a multimedia Website and live updates from Everest.

Apply online at
The application deadline is Feb. 6, 2012.

The Everest Education Expedition outreach project is sponsored by Montana NSF EPSCoR and MSU Extended University. To register for email updates about the project, visit, enter your email address and choose Everest Education Expedition. For questions, contact

Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957,