Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Giant National Geographic Map of Asia on Display at Tibbott

From BolingbrookPatch.com: Giant National Geographic Map of Asia on Display at Tibbott
Students at John R. Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook have begun exploring Asia in a big way through the world’s largest map of the continent.

The map, which will be at the school until Friday, measures 26 feet by 35 feet and is designed as giant game board to introduce students to the diverse geography of Asia. It is a part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program, organized by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society.

“These maps teach geography in a way that nothing else does. It is a physical as well as mental experience,” said Dan Beaupré, director of education partnerships for National Geographic Live. “The hands- and feet-on experience makes a lasting impression on students and sparks further interest."

National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program was introduced in 2006 with a map of Africa, and has since expanded to include maps of Asia, North America, South America and the Pacific Ocean. This school year it is estimated more than 450,000 students will interact with one of these maps.

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