Saturday, February 11, 2012

Geography Coach

From George Mason University in Virginia comes an encouraging and inspiring story of a partnership to promote geography literacy. Basketball Coach Jim Larranga was already incorporating geography in his middle-school summer camps when Geography Department Chair Allen Falconer worked with him to develop the Mason World Ball. Both educators agree that geography literacy is important, and that it can be made fun.

They worked with National Geographic and ESRI to produce globes that are also regulation basketballs. This creativity is part of a renaissance in geography at George Mason.