WASHINGTON (Nov. 9, 2007)—National Geographic invites budding explorers on a seven-day “tour” of Asia’s marvelous cultures and natural wonders during Geography Awareness Week 2007, November 11-17. Geography Awareness Week is part of Geography Action!, an annual conservation and awareness program for schools and students in grades K through 12, designed to educate and excite youngsters about the world’s natural, cultural and historic treasures. This year’s spotlight on Asia, the world’s largest continent, is National Geographic’s second stop on a five-year journey focusing the geographic lens on five world regions.
At the Geography Action! Web site (nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction), teachers can find an assortment of resources, including lesson plans on Asia’s physical, cultural and contemporary issues; a free, downloadable Geo-Games kit with tips for staging fun, internationally themed events in schools; “Geographic Lens on Asia,” an engaging, educational video about bringing Asia to the classroom; and links to streaming video, photos, music and profiles on Asian countries.
“Our compelling stories, games, geo-tours, lesson plans and educational resources on Asia will help students and teachers learn about this extraordinarily diverse continent,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic executive vice president of Mission Programs. “Our Web resources give students and teachers the necessary tools to understand Asian culture and history, the continent’s importance to their lives, and the larger issues of relationships among people, places and environments.”
Visitors to My Wonderful World’s Web site (mywonderfulworld.org/continents/asia) will find more resources and a celebration of the foods, festivals, art and animals of Asia with geo-tours produced in collaboration with Google Earth, ESRI, the Smithsonian Institution and Asia Society. Geo-referenced to show not only what but where, these exciting tours utilize the latest satellite imagery and include quizzes, video and renowned photography from National Geographic.