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Giant Map of South America Coming to UMM in April

Added on: March 19, 2012

National Geographic Map of South AmericaMACHIAS, Maine – Local youth will have the opportunity to scale the peaks of the Andes Mountains and follow the Amazon River through the Brazilian rain forest when a giant map of South America rolls into Machias next month.

As part of the National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps program, the University of Maine at Machias will display an oversized map of South America on Monday, April 9. The 26-foot by 35-foot vinyl map will be rolled out on the Reynolds Center Gymnasium floor from 1 to 5 p.m.

National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps, produced by National Geographic Live, tour the nation's schools to promote map-reading skills and igniting interest in geography. Each map, designed for students 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.

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

Susan Lahti from the Maine Geographic Alliance will be on hand to lead activities, and students and staff from UMM’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Service Center will provide assistance.

The event is free and open to all ages. Elementary school classes, clubs, home school groups, and others may arrange a time to visit the map together by contacting Tora Johnson at or 255-1214.

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