Africa is Coming to Wisconsin Lutheran College

Date Posted: March 27, 2008 

Milwaukee - Wisconsin Lutheran College is hosting the National Geographic giant traveling map of Africa, April 10-12, 2008, in the Recreation Complex. The map is traveling throughout the state as part of a program presented by the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance (WiGA). On April 10 and 11, Milwaukee-area Lutheran grade school and middle school students have been invited to participate in a hands-on interactive learning session with the map. On April 12, the public is invited to explore the map from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. free of charge.

The map, measuring 27 by 36 feet and weighing 102 pounds, is designed as a geo-game board to introduce students to the power of maps and the diverse geography of Africa. It comes with a trunk full of accessories, including interactive activities, games, books, videos and music that teach students about the physical characteristics of the continent, as well as its rich history and varied cultures. Working in teams, students mark the equator with ropes to learn about climate and latitude. A relay race helps them learn all the countries while scavenger hunts and safaris introduce them to the continent’s famed wildlife and varied environments.

Paul Schoenike, a WiGA member and retired Monroe, Wisconsin, social studies teacher, will lead the educational sessions. “When people first see the map they are struck by the wow factor because of its size,” says Schoenike. “Once they step on it, sit on it and experience it, they get lost in the tactile learning experience.”

For more information contact James Holman, WLC’s Director of Teacher Education, at (414) 443-8566 or Milton Cockroft, Director of Pathways to College, at (414) 443-8729.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.