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MSU offers Science of Everest curriculum for teachers

April 5, 2013 -- MSU News Service


MSU offers eight STEM lesson plans on the science of Everest, as well as other resources, including a new Climber's Journal.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN - To honor the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Mount Everest, Montana State University is re-releasing its Science of Everest curriculum with updates for 2013.

The eight-lesson series was created last year when MSU geologist David Lageson and graduate student Travis Corthouts climbed on Everest with Bozeman-based mountaineer Conrad Anker and a team from National Geographic and The North Face.

More than 2,000 Montana students used the lessons in their classrooms.

The 2013 version includes information about the 2012 climb as well as a newly completed Climber's Journal to accompany the eight lessons and classroom activities. The materials are appropriate for grades 3-8, although teachers of younger students have used them, as well.

All materials are free for download at http://www.montana.edu/Everest

Lessons cover geology, climate science, human physiology, glaciology, biodiversity and other STEM-related topics, as well as some history and culture of the Himalaya. The site also includes a book list, quizzes, and resources created by teachers who participated in last year's Everest Education Expedition.

A limited number of full-color Climber's Journals are available to teachers. Contact Suzi Taylor with MSU Extended University at taylor@montana.edu

Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957, taylor@montana.edu