In this activity children investigate the need for supplemental oxygen at high altitudes and determine when extra oxygen is necessary on a climb.
Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to scale the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, died aged 88. He was the first man to climb the 8,850m (29,035ft) peak, with Tenzing Norgay, on 29 May 1953.
Children will investigate the need for supplemental oxygen at high altitudes. They will determine when extra oxygen is necessary on a climb and will learn about the dangers of altitude mountain sickness (AMS).
- that oxygen is vital to human life
Children will learn:
- that the higher you climb the less oxygen is available to you
- that climbing over 7000m requires supplemental oxygen
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.