Geography Awareness Week, November 16-22

*Deadline Extended* 

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The platform will be open for 24 hours starting at noon Nov. 14 ET.  

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Help Us Share the
Importance of Geography

Geography Awareness Week
and the Geography of Food

When: November 16 - 22, 2014
What: A week to learn about, celebrate, and share the importance of geography and geography education.
Who: Educators of all kinds, parents, concerned citizens, students, and kids of all ages
Where: Everywhere! In classrooms, family rooms, parks, streams, and everywhere in between.
Why: To understand the world around us, how we affect and are affected by it, and how we can make it even better.
Amidst a changing age of transportation and technology, the world as we know it is more interconnected and globalized than ever before. With no funding at the federal level, United States’ Education does not emphasize, and in many cases entirely lacks, a geography curriculum.

As departments of Geography and Education, you are at the forefront of the effort to raise awareness about this deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life. There's no way we can make an impact without you, your students and faculty.
Many of you are already doing great work to promote geography during Geography Awareness Week. But in case you need some ideas here are a few we've come up with:


- Invite your students to join the second annual GeoWeek Campus Challenge.

This year college and university students around the country have a unique opportunity to champion the field of geography on their campuses and receive special recognition from National Geographic and the Association of American Geographers! This year's challenge is to create a video telling us how YOU define geography.
To participate, make a video 30-60 seconds long telling us what you think geography means or is (no music, please!). Then upload it to YouTube and share the link with us on the 
Geography Awareness Week Facebook page.  


You could win one of four student memberships to the
Association of American Geographers! 

American students currently enrolled in a college or university should submit entries to the Facebook page from November 16th-30th, winners will be announced December 3rd.

- Find or organize an OpenStreetMap Mapping Party!

Join teachers, students, community groups, and map lovers in the U.S. and around the world as we come together to celebrate the geography of food by adding to the OpenStreetMap database! The National Geographic Society, the U.S. Department of State (MapGive), the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and OpenStreetMap US are hosting mapping events at colleges, universities, and clubs to map food resources around the globe. Find/organize an event near you at

- Involve your faculty.

One of the best ways to call attention to Geography Awareness Week is to get your faculty involved. Ask them to use the GeoWeek PowerPoint template, or to even put up a slide show of professional geographers so their students get a better idea of what to do with their majors.

- Use social media.

Promote Geography Awareness Week on social media using #GeoWeek. Explore the GeoWeek media collection and check out cool Geography materials from AAG.

Join National Geographic, the Association of American Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education, OpenStreetMap, the Rhode Island and Virginia Geographic Alliances and others on Monday, Nov. 17 from 8-9 pm EST to talk about learning about food and food issues are a gateway to appreciating geography.


-  Excite your students about their future

If doing Geography is great, getting paid to do it is even better. Host a career fair during the week, and make sure your students are aware of all the great resources on and where they can find information on career planning, how to score an internship and more.

-  Plan or participate in a Geography Awareness Week event or activity.

Looking for more students to join your major, take your classes, or highlight your presence in general? GeoWeek is a great opportunity to promote your department, students and faculty. Here are just a few ideas to get started.


Email, or call (202) 429-5706 with any questions or fun GeoWeek ideas to share.
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