MEC Monday: Mission 8848 – take your class to Mount Everest

For this week's 'MEC Monday' blog post we're highlighting some of the learning activities from the Microsoft Educator Community that schools can take part in next year around an expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Mission 8848 to Everest - Mark Wood

Mark WoodIn 2013 explorer Mark Wood attempted a 72 day expedition to ascend Mount Everest. The remarkable part of this journey was that he connected to over 10,000 school children worldwide using mobile technology from the extremes of the mountain and in real time, making Everest one of the most incredible and inspiring classrooms in the world.

In 2017 our explorers will attempt to summit Everest again to an extraordinary new level. Mission 8848 will connect with over One Million students, through live-stream broadcast from the highest mountain on Earth into 8848 classrooms around the globe.

Click here to learn more about Mission 8848 to Everest on the Microsoft Educator Community

Exploiting cuttingedge cameras, 3D projections, virtual reality and satellite communication technologies our explorers will take One Million students with them on this journey of modern exploration. There are a number of  ways that you and your students can join the mission, so register your interest to be emailed with more information about:

  • Downloadable resources - we'll be providing a OneNote and Sway full of resources from maps of the expedition route, to lesson plans and learning activities for your students - these will be based around climate change, geography and personal development - the work will tie in with Earth Day which is April 22nd 2017
  • Twitter Q&A - Mark will be running live Q&A sessions
  • Skype Lessons Competition - Mark and Matt will be running live Skype sessions prior to and after the expedition - we'll let you know how you could be in with a chance of Matt & Mark Skyping with your students.
  • LIVE BROADCAST FROM EVEREST - Mark & Matt will be streaming live from Everest Base Camp (exact date TBC - April 2017)

Head over the Microsoft Educator Community to learn more about Mission 8848, Mark' previous expeditions, and to register your interest in having your class take part in this incredible journey next year. This was a Skype call with Village School in New Jersey after Mark's last Mount Everest Expedition:

If you’ve not yet signed up for the MEC, then it is free and easy to do so. Just head to and click on the ‘JOIN NOW’ button in the top right hand corner to get started.

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