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This product combines a CER writing assignment and design challenge based on the controversial consequences of humans climbing Mount Everest, including fatalities and trash blemishing the environment of the mountain. Included are links to articles, a basic CER writing assignment and rubric, and a basic design challenge and rubric. The design challenge is a spin on the traditional egg drop, in which students design a zip line to retrieve bodies from the mountain, with the egg standing in as a body. (It is kind of morbid but middle schoolers love it.) Teaching suggestions are included. This may sound odd but i've done this multiple years and the students love the topic and the challenge.