National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps are enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tools for introducing geography and map reading skills to students, grades K-8. What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a basketball court-sized map of a continent on which they can explore, travel from country to country, hop around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun?
In October of 2013, the Colorado Geographic Alliance brought the Giant Map of the Pacific to four schools throughout Colorado: Queen Palmer Elementary School, the Cool Science Festival hosted at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Windsor Middle School, and Vail Mountain School.
Pictures from the 2013 tour:
Additionally, COGA created an online map through ArcGIS online to show the geographic range of visitors to the tour of the Giant Map of the Pacific. This map shows a yellow point for each school that had a student visit the Cool Science Festival Map, and red dots for the individual schools visited. Click on the points to see how many students visited from that area!
Visits from previous years: