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WSC Hosts Giant National Geographic Map of Asia Nov. 16-17

Published: 11-16-2010 9:45 am

Explorers young and old will walk across Asia without leaving Wayne. The campus and community are invited to experience the largest map of the continent ever produced by National Geographic. The map will be on display from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the WSC Student Center Frey Conference Suite. 

The highly accurate and detailed floor map, which measures 31 feet by 41 feet and weighs 138 pounds, was designed as a giant game board to introduce students to the diverse geography of Asia.
"These maps teach geography in a way that nothing else does. It is a physical as well as mental experience," said Dr. Randy Bertolas, professor of geography at Wayne State College and coordinator of the Geographic Educators of Nebraska.  "We want the whole community to come up to the college on Nov. 16 and bring the kids, especially small children. The hands- and feet-on experience will make a lasting impression on anyone who loves to learn about the world." 

The brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface accurately illustrates Asia's oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. Anyone in stocking feet will be allowed to walk on the giant map of Asia.

Students from Bertolas' honors geography class will play host to Wayne Middle School 6th-graders and St. Mary's School K-4th graders on Nov. 17. The honors students will lead the visitors through a series of geography games and activities that utilize the map.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations.  Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," the society today works to inspire people to care about the planet. Institutional funding provides support for Service-Learning at Wayne State College.

For information: Dr. Randy Bertolas (402) 375-7018



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