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MSU hosts Everest workshop for teachers on Feb. 20

February 9, 2013

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BOZEMAN--Montana State University will host a free workshop for K-8 teachers on Wednesday, Feb. 20 called "Mount Everest and Montana: Connecting the Science of the Himalayas to the Northern Rockies."

The workshop includes an overview of a curriculum that covers science, research and math related to Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Conrad Anker, who climbed Mount Everest last year as part of the Everest Education Expedition, will be on hand to introduce the curriculum and share his experiences.

The lesson plans, which are available online at, cover climate science, geology, human physiology, wildlife and other related topics. The workshop organizers will demonstrate classroom activities that feature time-lapse photography, weather and climate, alpine glacial landforms, and others.

All teachers who attend will receive a free climber's journal that accompanies the online curriculum. The first 50 teachers to RSVP will also receive an Everest-related prize and will be entered into a drawing to win a school visit from Anker.

The workshop takes place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jim Whittaker's successful climb of the mountain, the first American ascent of Mount Everest. Teachers are encouraged to celebrate this anniversary by guiding students through a virtual trip to Mount Everest to conduct research just like scientists do.

RSVPs are required. Contact Jamie Cornish at 994-6005 or The curriculum and event were made possible by the Institute on Ecosystems, MSU Extended University, Museum of the Rockies and Montana NSF EPSCoR.