SCIENCE Key geographic concepts, like density, GIS, and topography, are crucial to accurately evaluating how many people are in a crowd. (The Atlantic) Take a look at a satellite photo of the biggest inauguration crowd in history: the very cold first inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources. Discussion Questions What are some of the … Continue reading How Are Crowd Sizes Determined?
Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. TDIGH: First Meeting of the Security Council The United Nations Security Council, which is tasked with the responsibility of “maintaining international peace and security,” … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, January 16 – 22
After a full day of participating in inauguration festivities here in D.C. on Tuesday, I returned to the office Wednesday morning to find the following email in my inbox from the ONE Campaign (an initiative to combat poverty and preventable disease–particularly AIDs in Africa–famously co-founded by U2 frontman Bono]: “Dear, Sarah, More than 100,000 ONE members signed our petition to Barack Obama, asking him to … Continue reading Dear Mr. President
Business as usual resumed in Washington D.C. today, and those of us who attended yesterday’s inaugural events are reveling in our personal space once more. The inauguration ceremony was definitely not for the claustrophobic or cryophobic (fear of cold weather) as crowds filled the 2.2 mile stretch of the National Mall leading west from the U.S. Capitol. It’s impossible to know the exact number of … Continue reading Geo-technology and the Inauguration
As Washington D.C. braces for an estimated 4 million visitors during next week’s presidential inauguration, My Wonderful World is highlighting some spaces in the city with particular significance to both Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the 19th, and the inauguration of the United State’s first African-American president on the 20th. U-Street and 14th Street. One of my favorite memories from election night is … Continue reading Five for Friday: Washington D.C. Welcomes its First African-American President