17th April 2018
Summiting Everest: Scientist raising funds for unique educational programme
Scientist, author and adventurer, Dr. Melanie Windridge, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to encourage young people to study and work in science.
Dr. Windridge will be leading a science engagement programme this year around a summit attempt of Everest.
The project, which is supported by the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry, will explore how science and technology have made Everest – once the preserve of the world’s elite climbers – accessible to ordinary people.
Through this engaging topic, Melanie will run activities to inspire and excite young people – especially young women – about the opportunities to study and work in science.
The project has an ambitious outreach programme planned and is now seeking funding to make them all happen. Activities include: 10 Science of the Summit YouTube videos; schools’ workshops and talks; blogs and articles; and social media updates from the mountain. These multimedia resources will be used by schools and made accessible to young people interested in science.
Dr. Windridge says: “I want to use my experience to inspire young people – especially young women – by showing them the importance of science in our lives through an exciting challenge. And I need your help.”