Students at Martin Middle School are headed for the top of the world. With the help of interactive technology from MCNC, Cisco, and Arch Rock Corp, Martin Middle School students will stay connected to mountaineer and local Cisco engineer Ciprian “Chip” Popoviciu as he attempts to climb Everest this spring.

The students here at Raleigh’s local middle school met Chip and his support team at an assembly this morning, March 10th. Chip will be supported by his Cisco associate, Tim Woods, who will coordinate base camp communications. Chip will also be monitored by Dr. Jay Stevens, M.D. Dr. Stevens is the President and Chief Medical Officer of the American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness. In the photo we see Chip and Dr. Stevens sharing with students about the equipment that is necessary to keep a climb safe in such extreme Alpine conditions. Stay connected with the expedition by visiting Martin Middle School link at