Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek) is an annual public awareness program that encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the interconnectedness of our world.
Celebrate GAWeek this year by declaring your interdependence! Challenge friends, classmates, and family members to complete missions and earn badges exploring geography and the ways in which you're connected to everything around you.
GAWeek was established by Presidential proclamation in the United States in 1987 and is organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP). Each year more than 100,000 people actively participate in GAWeek through activities, events, lessons, games, and challenges.
Make a map that can be given to kids who are new to your area.
At sunset in your location find a webcam that is just before dawn in its location. Enjoy your dinner as you watch sunrise there and the sunset where you are.
Estimate the size of your ecological footprint. How long does it take you to walk from its center to its edge?
Follow this link to find out what news stories are appearing in other countries… but not yours.
Click here to see if you can spot buoys moving in response to recent earthquakes (which you can check out by clicking here).
Go out with a trash bag and collect trash. Turn the items into a piece of art and try to get it featured in your local newspaper as a way of demonstrating any problems of consumption and waste...
‘Interview’ something that you’ve bought that was made in or comes from another country. What story does it tell you?
Take control of a webcam in the Rockies and explore the area using your computer by following this link.
Tell Congress to support the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act. Take action today at SpeakUpforGeography.org. Send a letter to each of your representatives then spread the message through...
Photograph the things that you think hold your community together and create its identity.
Make a map of smells instead of sights in your neighborhood. Upload a snap of the smelliest thing you see.
Write a play that can only be performed in a specific place.
Using only words you can find on signs in your community, tell a story about it. Include yourself in the story.
Can you ‘notice’ three things that you’ve never observed before within a 5 minute walk of your home?
Try to identify the oldest thing (it could be a person!) in your neighborhood. Start a campaign to have it protected forever.
Embed this mission on your website or blog using the html code below
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