Katie Kennedy, a former classroom teacher, is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the University of Alaska Geography Program. She teaches courses for K-12 geography educators, runs programs in K-12 schools, and works to promote awareness of the relevance and need for strong geography education in Alaska.
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Students in Barrow, Alaska, got to experience the Giant Map of South America in celebration of Geography Awareness Week. Katie Kennedy, UA Geography Program education and outreach coordinator, has taken the map around the state. (John Bailey photo)
In Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has issued a proclamation declaring Geography Awareness Week an important event for the state. In various locations around Alaska, volunteers are visiting classrooms to present freshwater-themed educational activities.
On Nov. 20 in Fairbanks, GeoFest will be held for the first time. This free, family fun day features hands-on freshwater educational activities for all who attend. GeoFest will be held at Effie Kokrine Charter School from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, contact Nancy Tarnai, SNRAS public information officer.
In Anchorage, Geography Awareness Week is featured all week at the Anchorage Daily News’ Newspapers in Education website. Teachers have access to the GAW activities and lessons.
To top off the excitement, University of Alaska Geography Program Education and Outreach Coordinator Katie Kennedy has the National Geographic Giant Map of South America in Fairbanks schools all this week. It will also be on hand at GeoFest. Kennedy took the map to schools in Barrow and Nome last week and will be taking it to locations across the state, from Delta Junction to Seward to Sitka to Ketchikan throughout the coming month.
If you would like to read more about Geography Awareness Week in Alaska, visit the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences blog!