Giant Map of Asia comes to Kennesaw State University

Children will explore geography in a very hands−on — or‚ rather feet on — way‚ as…

Georgia (Jan 9, 2008) — Giant Map of Asia comes to Kennesaw State University

Dwight Cunningham

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Giant Map of Asia comes to Kennesaw State University
A really big adventure awaits young students


KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 9‚ 2008) — Children will explore geography in a very hands−on — or‚ rather feet on — way‚ as the Giant Map of Asia comes to Kennesaw State University next month.

Produced by the National Geographic Society and measuring a massive 41 feet by 31 feet‚ the Giant Map of Asia has brightly−colored‚ smooth vinyl surfaces that accurately illustrate and label countries‚ as well as bodies of water‚ mountains and cities. Recommended for students from kindergarten through sixth grade‚ they will be able to walk across the Asian continent and engage in safaris‚ scavenger hunts and competitive games.

Along the way‚ they gain knowledge of country locations‚ capital cities‚ population centers‚ geo−physical characteristics‚ as well as important historical‚ wildlife and cultural information of the world’s largest continent. A set of ready−to−use activities accompany the map‚ including atlases‚ books‚ videos‚ music and game materials.

“Teachers nationally have found the Giant Map of Asia a tremendous learning tool to help schoolchildren learn their geography‚” said Garrett Smith‚ chair of KSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology. Smith said the map‚ on loan to KSU from the National Geographic Society in Washington‚ is available for classroom tours from Feb. 1−18. The exhibit will be at KSU’s Social Sciences Building.

Teachers are urged to register for the interactive map tour with Charlette Corey via e−mail: ccorey@kennesaw.edu.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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