• Students to get a virtual Everest exhibition experience

Schools around the world are being invited to join British explorers Mark Wood and Matt Dickinson in a virtual experience as they attempt to reach the summit of Mt Everest in March next year.

The explorers aim to live stream their journey in to 8,848 classrooms around the world - a fitting number, as the mountain itself is 8,848m high. Students will be able to take part using computers and mobile devices.

Mark Wood, explorer and educator, explained how technology will enable pupils to experience things completely outside of their normal experience. He explained: “The journey will take the students through the villages, where they will meet families and other children live. Understanding not only the route but also how a modern day exploration team operates. During our live Q and A sessions, we’ll plan our route live with schools. The students will be a part of the team.”

Topics covered in the lessons will include modern day exploration, climate change and understanding the planet we live on. It is hoped that students will be encouraged to understand and engage with the topic of global warming worldwide.
Wood added: "This is an interactive experience for the students, coursework will be undertaken both online and offline with the opportunity to upload their images and films to the 8848 portal. Through large format projection technology we will deliver one million voices onto Everest."