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Giant Map of Asia Coming to UMM on May 7

Added on: April 29, 2011

Giant Map of AsiaMACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will display an oversized National Geographic map of Asia on Saturday, May 7. The 26-foot by 33-foot vinyl map will be rolled out on the Reynolds Center Gymnasium floor from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program.

The map, designed for pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade, comes with interactive games, atlases and books about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its history and cultures.

Some of the activities will include “Simon Says… Explore,” in which students explore the physical and human geography of Asia using the popular game Simon Says, and “A Giant Population,” in which students will learn about the concepts of population distribution and population density and how they apply to Asia.

Susan Lahti from the Maine Geographic Alliance will be on hand to lead activities, and students from UMM’s education and geographic information systems (GIS) programs will provide assistance.

National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program was introduced in 2006 with a map of Africa, and has since expanded to maps of North America, Asia, and South America. Each year, an estimated 300,000 students use the maps to learn hands-on geography, while incorporating physical movement and games.

The event is free and open to the public. Elementary school classes, clubs, home school groups, and others may arrange a time to visit the map together by contacting UMM’s GIS Service Center at or 255-1214.

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