The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 3, 2013

Giant map coming to area schools

Kelly Urban

— Area pupils can take a trip to another continent without leaving their school building.

The Learning Lamp has teamed up with National Geographic to bring a giant floor map of Africa to area schools.

The map will be available May 7 to 16.

The curriculum is geared toward those in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“From the dawn of human species to the building of the great pyramids to the news we see today, Africa has such a dynamic and impactful history,” said The Learning Lamp’s director of education, Heidi Rizkalla.

Led by an instructor, pupils can explore all parts of Africa as they learn about its history and geography through hands-on activities. They also participate in educational games that will take them into the Sahara Desert and grassy plains.

For younger pupils, the goal is to encourage teamwork and develop map-reading skills.

Older children learn about the political and economic issues facing Africa.

“We’re thrilled to have this amazing learning tool available to teach students in the area about such an important continent,” Rizkalla said.

National Geographic also offers traveling floor maps of Asia, Europe, North America, South America and the Pacific Ocean.

The Africa map is available for a limited time and dates are booking quickly. A $150 travel fee is required to reserve the map.

Schools interested in the program should call The Learning Lamp at 262-0732.