Virtual Field Trip to Mount Everest

February 26th, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Friday, February 26, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Tech Museums: Everest Interactive Tour

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately)

Some things are just too good not to feature twice! I published this review in 2003, and it’s still a fantastic way to see Mount Everest without leaving home.

This website (a presentation of The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA) offers two ways to take an interactive tour of Mount Everest, the most famous, notorious, and highest mountain peak in the world. When you get to the site you can choose a Shockwave tour complete with sound and special effects (you can download shockwave for free at the site), or take an HTML tour (no audio, interactivity).

The photographs are stunning, produced from the IMAX film about Everest and the virtual journey features:

  • A visit to Kathmandu in Nepal to learn a bit about the people and culture.
  • A road trip to Base Camp where you’ll learn about family villages in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains along the way.
  • A visit to Base Camp to find out how it is constructed each year.
  • A trek across the treacherous Khumbu Icefall, one of the most dangerous parts of the path to the mountain summit.
  • The experience of “Summit Day” – you virtually climb to Everest’s peak at 29,028 feet above sea level.

You’ll also find out about the toll Everest has taken in human lives, and about the environmental toll of human treks to Everest.

This is a spectacular virtual tour. Take the whole family on a cyber-journey to the top of the world.


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