ATHENS, W.Va. – National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of Asia has arrived at Concord University. The huge interactive map will be on the Athens campus through Nov. 21.
Measuring 26 feet by 35 feet, the floor map is designed as a giant game board to introduce students to the diverse geography of Asia. During its visit to Concord, it will be unfurled in the ballroom of the Jerry and Jean Beasley Student Center.
The map’s brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface accurately illustrates Asia’s oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. Designed for grades K-8, the map comes with a trunk full of accessories, including interactive activities and props and photo cards that teach students about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its rich history, wildlife and varied cultures.
Mercer County public school students and area children who are homeschooled are visiting the map to enjoy the fun learning opportunities it offers. Retired Mercer County teacher, now substitute teacher and Concord adjunct instructor in geography, Linda Poff is leading the activities and coordinated the map’s stop in Athens.
This is the second National Geographic Traveling Map to visit Concord. Last year, nearly 1000 children took part in activities when the map of North America was on campus. Poff coordinated this inaugural map visit as well.
National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program is organized by National Geographic Live, the public programming division of the National Geographic Society.