Marilyn Weiser- NDGA Presents…

Marilyn is a Public Engagement Coordinator for North Dakota. The Will-Moore School in Bismarck is holding a GeoFest this weekend, and Marilyn gave us a sneak-peak into this awesome event!

The North Dakota Geographic Alliance (NDGA) is excited to present the Geography Action! Europe Toolkit and other fantastic resources at a GeoFest to be held Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Will-Moore School in Bismarck, North Dakota. This event is open to K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, and anyone interested in knowing more about the world around you.

The first 50 registrants will receive a National Geographic beach ball. Door prizes include a Goode’s Student World Atlas, a laminated world map and laminated USA map.  Everyone who registers will receive a folded Europe wall map. Toolkits from Geography Awareness Week 2008-2009 on Mapping the Americas will be available.  All registrants will receive a one-year free membership to the North Dakota Geographic Alliance that qualifies them for a full year of news, resources and opportunities in the world of geography.

Participants are invited to come early and see displays, geography-related literature, play Geo-games and take part in self-guided geography activities in the school gym.

Three presentations (approx. 25 minutes each) will include an online introduction to the My Wonderful World and Geography Action! websites–“Hats On! to Geography” and “Spice Up Your Life With Geography,” concluding with geography ideas and lessons for the classroom. The finale session will feature a “Mapping Europe Toolkit” activity using the tile floor map of Europe. All activities lend themselves to participation and movement.

During the closing session there will be door prizes and geo-trivia. At the conclusion of the Geo Fest, participants will be offered a sampling of foods from around the world, contributed largely by area residents with backgrounds from different countries and cultures.

Registrants are invited to bring items from home with a cultural or geographical story that will be added to the displays. 

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