Canadian Mount Everest Adventurer Inspires Students to “Change the World" with New High Tech Interactive Learning Initiative

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WIGUP (While I Grow UP) Will Launch Its Interactive Web Learning Channel Prototype During the ‘FindingLife’ Everest Expedition 2010. Wigup.tv Will Take Students On A Remarkable Journey To The Top Of The World While Teaching Them About Health, Fitness, Goal Setting, Geography, Social Awareness And Philanthropy

Wigup.tv (http://www.wigup.tv) will be showcasing its interactive educational web channel by giving students unprecedented connectivity and offering exciting learning opportunities during a dramatic assent of Mt. Everest by Canadian adventurer Elia Saikaly. The two month expedition begins March 27th in Katmandu. Saikaly will visit ChildHaven and schools in Nepal on his way to Everest base camp. He will share the entire experience with kids and youth who will participate in fundraising efforts to build a ChildHaven home in India. The expedition culminates with an Everest summit in late May.

Saikaly, a documentary filmmaker and Founder of ‘FindingLife’ (http://www.FindingLife.ca) is returning to Mt. Everest and this time he is taking hundreds of Canadian school kids with him. Over 130 schools will follow Expedition 2010 on the Wigup.tv ‘prototype’ targeting students 9-14 years-old. Wigup’s ‘Media Mentor For Kids’ interactive web channel will feature an online ‘Adventures Pavilion’ offering Expedition 2010 live updates, daily blogs, streaming live videos and webisodes that are produced, edited and fed from Everest.

“One of the biggest challenges in the classroom is to inspire, engage, entertain and motivate kids to get excited about their learning,” says Mark Chatel, Founding President of WIGUP. “By creating a web learning experience with spectacular content and connecting students with mentors that inspire, we believe kids will be asking to stay late after class instead of watching the clock.”

“Wigup will honour all children with the best inspiring content and interactive tools. Children will in return celebrate and honour us with their differences and uniqueness,” says Dr.Stephanie Pace Marshall, Member of Wigup Corporation’s Educational Advisory Board.

Through the use of innovative technology Saikaly and his team will create incredible content on Mt. Everest that students and teachers can access daily. Students will be transported to the mountain from their classrooms and will have the ability to communicate with the expedition team via Skype Video, Sat Phone and BGAN satellite Internet network technology. Saikaly will also post geo-tagged photos, videos and updates to an interactive mapping system called Epic Tracker so people of all ages can follow his exact location and progress in real-time on http://www.findinglife.ca

Students will be encouraged to follow fitness programs posted online during the length of the 60-day expedition. A teachers’ guide written by teachers, for teachers, will be available for all schools looking to participate. Building on the success of previous ‘FindingLife’ school campaigns, students across Canada will be encouraged to raise funds during the expedition to help complete a Child Haven home for orphaned children in India.

“Expedition 2010 will be their lasting legacy. By giving back, we’re teaching students that they have the power to change the world,” says Saikaly. “Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘be the change you want to see in the world’, Expedition 2010’s goal is to spark the imagination, inspire students everywhere and to serve as the catalyst for youth engagement and lasting positive change.”

Wigup is targeted to youth aged 9-14, their parents and teachers. Youth and all ages are also encouraged to follow Elia Saikaly’s Expedition 2010 on FindingLife.ca (http://www.findinglife.ca). Wigup will be unveiling its web channel prototype during the climb later this spring. Teachers, kids and parents can learn more and sign up in advance at Wigup.tv (http://www.wigup.tv)

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