WI Educator Heads to China


Verona, Wisconsin educator and students prepare for a “trip of a
lifetime” to China.

Star Discovery Education member Rita A. Mortenson, from Verona,
Wisconsin was selected as one of three teachers in the United States to
participate in the China Discovery Student Adventures Pilot in 2009.

Rita, a technology coordinator at Verona Area High School, was chosen to
be a participant in this exciting program.  Ms. Mortenson was also able
to select four students from her school to participate in this adventure
as well.
Participants will leave from Chicago, Illinois for their international
flight to Beijing, China on Saturday, August 1 and will return on
Saturday, August 15.  While in China, they will have an opportunity to
participate in amazing cultural, historical and adventurous experiences.
They will get to camp at the Great Wall – one of the seven wonders of
the ancient world, visit the National Stadium known as the “Bird Nest” –
the site for the 2008 Olympic opening ceremonies, observe Chinese
athletes who are training for the upcoming 2012 Olympics and also tour
the National Aquatics Center knows as the “Water Cube”.

They will get to explore the mystery of the Pagoda Forest, attend the
Kung Fu school and being an introduction to Chinese Kung Fu alongside
Chinese students, and meet one of the pioneers of the “Ping Pong
Diplomacy”.  They will also get to explore the Forbidden City, the
Hutongs, meet local families, practice Tai Chi and more.
This exciting 15 day trip is packed with history, culture, martial arts
as well as modern and ancient architecture.

Rita and her students (Becca, Maha, Melissa and Emilie) would like to
invite everyone to follow along on the Discovery Student Adventure Blog
as they travel in China from August 1-15.  To follow along, go to the
following website and click the follow me link on the right hand side.



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  1. Dianne Gintz said:

    This was a wonderful opportunity for Rita and the students. Dianne

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