Students from Kotzebue to Craig will dive into the wonders of the Pacific Ocean with a gymnasium-sized map of the world’s largest ocean. The map, measuring 26 feet by 35 feet, will give student explorers a fun, interactive experience through rich content and exciting activities that enliven the study of geography.
Designed for grades kindergarten through eight, the map is on loan to the geography department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Geographic Alliance throughout January as part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program, managed by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society.
|The Giant Traveling Map of the Pacific Ocean.|
The brightly colored vinyl surface of the map will allow students explore some of the unexpected geography at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean: from the deepest place on earth, the Mariana Trench, to the world’s tallest mountain, Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, which has its base on the ocean floor. Most of all, students will experience the Pacific as a living entity, with active volcanoes giving birth to new islands, deep sea vents supporting new life forms, phytoplankton blooms providing over half of the planet’s fresh air and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure in the world.
National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program was introduced in 2006 with a map of Africa. Since then the program has expanded to include maps of North America, Asia, South America and the Pacific Ocean. The maps reinforce National Geographic’s commitment to increasing geo-literacy through teacher professional development, K-12 curriculum, live events and academic competitions.
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Jan. 14, Pearl Creek Elementary School, Fairbanks
Jan. 15, Barnette Magnet School, Fairbanks
Jan. 16, Ladd Elementary School, Fairbanks
Jan. 17, Ticasuk Brown Elementary School, North Pole
Jan. 23, Deering School, Deering
Jan. 28, Kotzebue Middle School, Kotzebue
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Jan. 31, Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage