Below is the contents of an email invitation I received from MOREnet. If anyone is interested in participating I am happy to assist you.
Join us for a virtual tour of Riverbluff Cave – at nearly 1 million years old, it is one of the oldest caves in North America. This preserved ice-age environment is so fragile that only a few highly trained scientists are allowed to enter. One of these scientists, Matt Forir, the cave’s lead paleontologist, will host this virtual tour to allow students a unique glimpse into prehistoric life. Students will observe stunning cave formations and artifacts such as a bear bed, animal tracks and fossils, plus they’ll be able to interact with Matt, learning real-world applications for the research and discoveries in the cave. Mark your calendars for November 7, 2007 and attend a Riverbluff Cave virtual tour.
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.: Tour for Grades 3-7 Hosts: Matt Forir, Lead Paleontologist, Riverbluff Cave and David Harrison, author of Cave Detectives This session is appropriate for elementary schools and will feature some basic science principles and explanations of cave artifacts. Find information regarding Mr. Harrison’s book for those who wish to read or purchase copies in advance.
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.: Tour for Grades 9-12 Host: Matt Forir, Lead Paleontologist, Riverbluff Cave This session is appropriate for high school students. Dr. Forir will cover the science of the cave and the animals that inhabited the cave.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your participation and method of connection by October 26.Libraries and higher education institutions are encouraged to participate in either tour via streaming video. Both sessions are appropriate for library content and college-level teacher preparation courses.
One school from each of the seven GPN states (Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska) may participate in each of the virtual tours via videoconferencing. Other participants may view the streaming broadcast online. Both connection methods allow for the audience to interact with the presenters in the cave. Please forward this invitation to any educators who might be interested in attending.
Riverbluff Cave is also the only known cave that is connected to the information superhighway. Thanks to MOREnet and a crew at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, MO, there is a fiber-optic network connection that allows real-time videoconferencing and video streaming capability from the cave over the MOREnet network.
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