Kilimanjaro A Classroom To The World
The GLOBE Program, GLOBE AFRICA, Colorado’s St. Vrain Valley School District and Discovery Education are proud to partner on a scientific learning expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
From September 23 – October 1, a team of 10 students, 12 educators, and 4 scientists representing 5 different countries, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s Seven Summits, and the tallest mountain on the African continent.
Follow along as they investigate the incredible terrain of the mountain as well as the culture and surrounding wildlife. Each day, our team will submit a blog post on blog.discoveryeducation.com that describes the unique perspective through the eyes of a student, educator and scientist.
From the scientific study of atmospheric and geographical conditions, to the history of the indigenous people that call the base of the mountain home, this is a cross-curriculum adventure that includes guided content for all ages.
Learn about the changing climate and terrain as team members climb to the summit and GLOBE scientists report on their findings. We will update a live comparison chart that details the different biomes in the Kilimanjaro region.
Discovery Education will further support the expedition by hosting a Virtual Field Trip on October 8th at 1:00 PM EST. Broadcasting live from St. Vrain School District in Colorado, the Virtual Field Trip will provide students the opportunity to hear first hand experiences from educators who hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro. Students will also be able to explore the findings of the learning expedition and find out more about real-world applications of the research.
Eight students from Oman and two students from Tanzania created this international group of high school students participating in the hike. Twelve educators from across the globe will participate in this steep climb, providing their new found knowledge to classrooms around the world. Scientists will lead the data collection and discoveries during the expedition to report back about this unique place.
Michael O’Toole, Science Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley Schools will serve as the group’s guide. Michael’s love of learning has led to a career in education that spans over two decades and 5 continents. Throughout his career as an educator and curriculum developer he has had the opportunity to work with students and teachers around the world and with such organizations as National Geographic, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. Mike initiated the Kilimanjaro Learning Xpedition in 2008.
Michael’s love of learning has led to a career in education that spans over two decades and 5 continents. Throughout his career as an educator and curriculum developer he has had the opportunity to work with students and teachers around the world and with such organizations as National Geographic, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. Mike initiated the Kilimanjaro Learning Xpedition in 2008.
Want to get involved? Have your students follow along the blog posts, track the scientific findings, and interact with the travelers on twitter by tweeting @DiscoveryEd using the hashtag, #DiscoverKili. Not on Twitter? Email your questions directly to the team at DiscoveryKili@gmail.com.
Tanzania News via: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Kilimanjaro/