IARC, SNAP, GINA Bring Geography Awareness to Students at GeoFest

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 14:34

by Yuri Bult-Ito

IARC's Education/Outreach Program, Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP), and Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) participated in this year's GeoFest, concluding Geography Awareness Week at UAF's Wood Center in mid November. The event, which was highlighted in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, "brings a family-friendly, fun focus to the study of the Earth and its people."

"We put on GeoFest every year to shine the spotlight on geography and remind people how important, relevant and fun geographic education is," said Katie Kennedy, Education and Outreach Coordinator for both SNAP and the University of Alaska Geography Program. "Geographic education is vital if we want to prepare our students to be effective 21st century decision makers. We need to give students the knowledge and critical thinking skills to understand their world."

Read more about GINA and SNAP's participation:

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner's GeoFest article
GINA's Tumblr GeoFest entry

Kids enjoying Alaska! The Boardgame at the Eielson Air Force Base GeoBase table. (Photo: N. Tarnai).

GLOBE activities involving handheld microscopes and infrared thermometers at the IARC/EPSCoR table. (Photo: N. Tarnai).

IARC Education/Outreach Director Elena Sparrow (right) helps at the IARC/EPSCoR table. (Photo: N. Tarnai).

The University of Alaska's Giant Traveling Map display, courtesy of National Geographic. (Photo: N. Tarnai).

SNAP Network Coordinator Nancy Fresco helps with a climate change map puzzle and permafrost map coloring activity. (Photo: N. Tarnai).

GINA's Lead Programmer Will Fisher discusses a high resolution aerial photo with a visitor. (Photo: D. Broderson).