Expedition Challenge: A LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip

21-25 November 2011

Expedition Challenge is a SPARC funded LEARNZ Virtual Field trip targeting Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Social Studies at years 3-10. In a LEARNZ field trip students stay at school but prepare themselves and participate in the trip through the internet. Expedition Challenge will inspire and motivate students to want to create their own outdoor adventures, safely.

The objective of the Expedition Challenge team is Mt Ollivier, Sir Edmund Hillary's first mountain. Team members include team leader and LEARNZ Teacher Shelley Hersey, herself an experienced mountaineer; two students from Aoraki Mount Cook School; Phurenje Sherpa, a mountain guide who has summited Mt Everest many times and DOC Ranger Ray Bellringer. The field trip website has resources to prepare students for the expedition and to help them create their own adventures. During the week of 21-25 November students will participate in the expedition by asking questions by audioconference of team members and interacting with videos, images and diaries uploaded to the field trip website daily.

Expedition Challenge is being supported by New Zealand Land Search and Rescue, Department of Conservation, Education Outdoors New Zealand, New Zealand Alpine Club, The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award, Aoraki Mount Cook School and the Mountain Safety Council.

Teachers can enrol their class in this exciting and free event by visiting www.learnz.org.nz. For further information email Project Manager Barrie Matthews barrie@learnz.org.nz or phone 0800 22 55 53.

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