The Connections program is a fully-funded collaborative learning program for sixth grade classes from across North America. Eight selected teachers will have their classrooms outfitted with leading-edge educational technology, and they will be trained to use the technology so they can undertake collaborative projects with other participating teachers and classes. Teachers from Canada, the United States, and Mexico are eligible to apply. While participating in Connections, students and teachers communicate with one another with the goal of encouraging mutual respect and understanding among students across North America. The program culminates in May 2007 with teachers and selected students meeting in Calgary for a week of friendship, adventure, and learning.