Colorado Teachers Taking Higher Education to a New Level
By Teresa McLain in June 15th 2012
Some of us may be cursing the cold weather and snow that has made several appearances in the Denver area in the past few weeks, but for a few Colorado elementary and secondary school teachers, it might be considered preparation for what they’ll experience this summer.
While Denver’s elevation and temperatures may be a learning experience for some, it probably won’t compare to education the teachers will receive when they climb the 19,336 feet to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro while coping with temperatures that can fall to -26 centigrade, a challenge they’ll face this summer as part of a project lead by the University of Colorado Denver and designed to get teachers out of the classroom and into real life experiences.
The 15 Colorado teachers will take part in the once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Merck Company Foundation to the University of Colorado Foundation Inc. The money supports UC’s involvement in the XSci Extraordinary Educator Experiences program.