Geography Awareness Week 2008 “In the Field.”


Since our last update,
we’ve continued to collect information—news articles, stories, videos,
photos, and more—from Geography Awareness Week celebrations occurring across
the country November 16-22.

Here are some recent examples from our My Wonderful World
public engagement coordinators (PECs)
and other members of National Geographic’s networks of state-based geographic
*; these are our geography education activists and practitioners
“in the field.”


Chronicle: Mast Way School

This heartwarming ten minute video showcases the work of 4th
grade New Hampshire teacher David McCormick.  David spearheaded
a year-long, school-wide geography theme at Mast Way Elementary School, infusing geography
across the curriculum along with technology, physical education, language arts,
mathematics, and history. Hear from David, who is a recipient of the National
Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teaching award, as well as the
school principal and NH Geographic Alliance Coordinator Kristi Alvarez. Watch
as students navigate their way through the woods with GPS and move like animals
on a giant map of Asia. Great stuff!
Submitted by Joseph
Kerski, ESRI Education

National Geographic Education intern Ashley Pipkin, who is currently pursuing a
graduate degree in geography at Texas A&M, helps disseminate geographic
knowledge from a booth at the Advancing Geospatial Skills in Science and Social
Science (AGSSS) Worldfest event in Bryan, Texas.

Submitted by Sandra Metoyer, Texas A&M Department of Geography

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students hone their map skills at the Worldfest event.


Bridgewater State College NewsLog: Geography
Fair Puts Diversity on the Map
This article describes a geography fair and exhibit contest
held at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.
The event attracted over 300 students from 11 communities who displayed
projects on topics from “The economy of Peru”
to “Fishing in Nova Scotia”
to “Life in the Galapagos.”Submitted by Rosalie
Sokol, Public Engagement Coordinator for Massachusetts



Wicked Local Rockland:
wonderful world visits Esten Elementary
In more news from my “wicked cool” home state of Massachusetts, kids at a
local elementary school get dizzy inside a giant EarthView balloon. Read the
full article for quotes from the students and MWW PEC Rosalie Sokol, as well as
a nice mention of My Wonderful World.


Left: MWW PEC Rosalie Sokol guides awestruck students inside the
EarthView balloon.
Right:Students at Rochester Memorial School in Rochester, MA, pose with the EarthView balloon.


Murphy, a high school geography teacher from Mayville, ND, was named North Dakota’s Geography Teacher of the
Year. Congratulations Phil!

Submitted by Marilyn Weiser, Public
Engagement Coordinator for North Dakota


Great work all! Keep the updates coming—send information to

Sarah Jane for My Wonderful World

*About the
Geography Alliance Network

Since 1986, National Geographic has helped to build a national
network of K-12 teachers, college geographers and educators, school
administrators, and others dedicated to improving geography education. The
Geography Alliances, which operate as grassroots organizations, along with
Education & Children’s Programs and other key partners, work to promote
geography education at local, state, and national levels. Alliance membership is open to educators,
administrators, parents, retirees; anyone interested in geographic education.
Join today!

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