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SHSM students take virtual tour of Egypt

February 21, 2024

FERGUS, ON – On February 16, 2024, a group of Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students from Centre Wellington District High School sat on the edge of their seats with their eyes fixed on a screen that transported them thousands of miles away to the sun-soaked land of Egypt.

This SHSM event featured a live-streamed presentation from Egypt, which promised to take the students on an immersive exploration of some of the most iconic historical sites in the world.

Assem Nabih, a distinguished expert in Egyptology, appeared on the screen, his voice carrying the weight of centuries of history. With a warm smile, he greeted the students and introduced them to the wonders they were about to witness.

The live stream began with a virtual tour of the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel temples, nestled along the banks of the Nile River. Students were introduced to one of the most ambitious and remarkable modern engineering projects ever undertaken: the dismantling and reassembly of the ancient Abu Simbel temples. This monumental effort was initiated in 1964 to safeguard these historic treasures from the rising waters of the Nile, necessitating the relocation of the temples.

The students gasped in awe as the camera panned over the colossal statues of Ramses II, standing guard over the entrance to the temples. As Assem Nabih shared stories of the ancient pharaohs and the significance of these magnificent structures, the students hung on his every word, eager to soak up every detail of Egypt’s rich history.

This glimpse into the historic world of Egypt is shrouded in mystery and wonder, made possible by the magic of modern technology and the expertise of a passionate Egyptologist halfway across the globe. Though the presenter and students were separated by thousands of miles, for a moment in time, they had journeyed together to the heart of ancient Egypt.

SHSM Students Watching A Screen

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