McClure was among 19 teachers nationwide who participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 2004 History of Winter (HOW) in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Black Mountain is a NASA Explorer School and only teachers from such schools were invited to the camp.
"HOW relates to the tilting of the Earth and seasons and the reason (NASA) is studying snowfall is to make us aware of its water content," McClure said.
"Are we going to have to find more water to irrigate farmland in the future? Or is there too much water (in snow pack) and should we prepare for floods?"
McClure slept in a dormitory during the camp held Feb.
15-21 at Northwood School, a private high school in Lake Placid.
Some teachers were
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issued a limited supply of arctic gear and slept in tents or dug snow caves, she said.
"We dug snow pits and took measurements in 10-centimeter layers, measuring density and temperature of the snow in each layer," McClure said.
"A lot of our study centered around how heat comes out of the ground as well as from the sun.
Heat condenses snow and we were able to find out how much water was in each level and its bearing on density and temperature."
Teachers also learned there are more than 80 types of snowflakes, she said.
"We froze samples of snowflakes in liquid nitrogen to send to Maryland, where pictures of them were taken with large microscopic photo units for close-up work," McClure said.
"Those frozen samples will last 10 years."
Teacher teams also investigated ice crystal patterns from Lake Placid and Cascade Lake and the icefall at the Cascade Lake site, according to a NASA press release from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
After the snow and ice studies are completed, teachers will use their HOW experience to develop innovative science curriculum that meets National Science Education Standards, the release stated.
McClure said the new curriculum can be used in classrooms as well as shared at twice annual conferences of the National Science Teachers Association.
Teachers attending the camp got to return to their schools with five thermocrons.
They are devices shaped like watch batteries, but seven to 10 times larger, and are used in place of standard thermometers.
"We spent the week testing body temperatures when out in the cold with them and they can be used for other purposes," McClure said.
"You can program them to record temperatures every five minutes for a week or once a day for a year.
They also gave us the instrument needed to pull the information off them when a test is done."
McClure said what she most enjoyed about the week was the opportunity to share ideas with other teachers on education and school systems.
"The role of continuing education is to work with all businesses in the county in identifying their training needs and delivering that training on site in the most convenient and affordable manner," he said.
"We're the training arm of every business in the county.
"We're currently training Honeywell Corp.
employees in Microsoft Word, Microsoft access and Honeywell intranet applications.
It's training that will go on two months and is one way we're building bridges in the community."
Fleishman said he and associate dean of continuing education Bill Sabo each spend about eight hours per workday meeting with business owners to determine their needs and offer programs to meet them.
In some cases, concise workshops of four to12 hours duration are scheduled for employees.
Fleishman got into the education field in 1992 when he joined the old Kingman Elementary School District as family resources coordinator.
He stayed three years before joining MCC in 1995 as student retention outcome coordinator.
Fleishman spent time in the college's Office of Institutional Research along the road he followed to becoming dean of continuing education.
"Institutional research looks at the effectiveness of the college on the job it's doing and is a kind of report card that's ongoing," he said.
"One thing it does is look at money spent on marketing campaigns, how many students enroll from it and hence how effective was the campaign."
Fleishman has an extensive background in corporate business dating to 1980, when he managed the apparel department of a Kmart store in Las Vegas.
He took a similar position at the Kingman store in 1982 and stayed two years, he said.
From 1984 to 1986, Fleishman added, he was circulation director for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.
He went to work for the Marriott Corp.
in 1986 as director of operations for food service at Arizona State University.
He said Marriott tends to move employees at two-year intervals, so he was transferred to a similar position at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 1988, and two years later he took the same position with Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.
"My work here at the college is more involved and challenging than anything I did in the corporate field," he said.
"In business you do one thing and become proficient at it.
But as dean of continuing education I work with all businesses in the community and every one has different needs.
That's where the challenge lies."
Fleishman said there are days when he drives 150 miles to visit businesses in Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City.
"Mohave is a big county and it's growing in leaps and bounds," he said.
"As businesses find out more about us we're going to get busier."
In his spare time, Fleishman enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf.