On Thursday, March 28th, students at McWhorter Elementary in Dallas, TX had the opportunity to video chat via Skype with explorer Mark Wood during his ascent of Mount Everest. McWhorter Elementary is one of ten schools from around the world that participated in this exercise in global extreme communication made possible by Skype in the classroom.

Fifty predominately Spanish speaking 5th graders at McWhorter Elementary in Carrollton, TX were the first class in the United States to video chat live via Skype with explorer Mark Wood during his ascent of Mount Everest. Wood spoke about setting goals and the importance of hard work. It’s an experience these economically disadvantaged students don’t often get and teacher Lauren Lintelman hopes it will motivate and inspire her students to dream big.

“They need a real life hero to inspire them,” said Lintelman. “They have challenging home lives and taking part in this project has helped them see past that and really get excited about this journey.”

McWhorter Elementary is one of 10 schools from around the world, and the first in the U.S., that participated in this exercise in global extreme communication made possible by Skype in the classroom.

Wood led an expedition through the Nepalese side of the Himalayas to Mount Everest Base camp. From there, the team then attempted the south side of Everest over a forty- to fifty- day period. According to Wood, the reason he took this journey is “to make the link from the extremes of the Himalayas to high climate change issues – to inspire others to understand their own planet and to encourage people to keep on exploring.”

Mark Wood is both an explorer and educator, and has been on expeditions reaching from the Canadian High Arctic, to Norway, the North Pole, Svalbard and the Himalayas. Through these expeditions, Wood aims to communicate the issues affecting us all. His expedition updates have reached over forty countries and thousands of students across the globe.

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