2012 NH Geographic Bee

NEELAM SANDHU FROM BEDFORD WINS 2012 NEW HAMPSHIRE GEOGRAPHIC BEE KEENE, NH (March 30, 2012)—Neelam Sandhu, a 13-year-old seventh-grader from Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, Bedford, NH, took top honors at the 2012 New Hampshire state-level Geographic Bee held today at Keene State College. She received $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where she will represent New Hampshire in the national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 22-24, 2012. The National Geographic Bee is organized by the National Geographic Society. This year’s state sponsors are Google and Plum Creek. Up to 100 fourth- to eighth-graders in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools took part in today’s state-level Bees. First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships. The national winner will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galápagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For additional information on the National Geographic Bee, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee. National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the final round of the 2012 National Geographic Bee, moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, on Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for date and time in your...

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT

For those that haven’t heard yet, I’m very excited to announce the press release of James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE! In the coming weeks, James Cameron will be attempting to do what only 1 team (2 men aboard the 1960 Trieste) have done before— to travel to the bottom of the deepest known point (nearly 7 miles) in the ocean, Challenger Deep, of the Mariana Trench. He will be traveling in a one-manned sub of brand new design, and if successful, will stay at the bottom for 6 hours conducting scientific experiments and collecting media to shed light on this most mysterious, and most inaccessible, of places.   The Ocean Team has been working very hard to get ready for this launch and with the help of Nina, Sarah Jane, Sean, Christina, Caryl-Sue, Alison, Pam, Mickey, Margaret, Corey and the rest of the dev team, we’ve been able to pull together a very nice offering of materials! Highlights include: – a landing page with all our related resources -a new Ocean Exploration Timeline – a take-over of the Nat Geo Education Blog (the blog formerly known as the My Wonderful World blog) by 4 special-edition guest bloggers – a direct link from the dotcom site   We need your help in spreading the word! Please share this new, exciting project with all of your networks. Facebook, Twitter, email, snailmail, carrier pigeon— get the word out anyway you can.   Here’s some info to help you do it:   Social Media Information: NGEP Twitter Handle: @NatGeoEd Expedition Twitter Handle: @DeepChallenge Expedition Twitter hashtag: #deepseachallenge Some news pieces: Here’s the story from...

NEW MAP OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

National Geographic’s new Southeast Asia map is a detailed, classic-style, large-format reference map containing detailed bathymetric data and current political boundaries, as well as thousands of place names. Also shown are the region’s updated infrastructures, including major oil fields and pipelines; high-speed passenger railway lines; and even China’s spaceport, Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Significant cultural and historic sites, such as Angkor, Cambodia, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, also appear on the map. National Geographic cartographers worked hard to ensure that the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea were portrayed on the Southeast Asia map. Although almost uninhabited, these groups of disputed islets and reefs—often reported on by the media—occupy a position of strategic importance. Our portrayal of such disputed territories, two of just over 100 territorial disputes worldwide, continue to reflect National Geographic’s policy of mapping de facto situations existing at the time of a map’s publication; that is, portraying a current reality using our best...

NCGE Distinguished Teaching Award

Hello fellow geographers, If you know of anyone who you think should be nominated for this award, please let me know, and as a member of NCGE I can nominate them. This is a great honor, and it would be great to have someone from New Hampshire represente K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award The K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award is designed to recognize and support excellence in geography teaching among elementary, middle, and high school teachers. NCGE proudly honors teachers who have displayed continued dedication to geographic education. K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients will receive recognition within the geographic education community and a plaque at the National Conference on Geography Education in San Marcos, TX in October 2012. Nominators must be NCGE members, but any K-12 teacher may be nominated for this award. Applications are reviewed by an NCGE task force and evaluated for teaching skills, leadership, professional development accomplishments, involvement in student activities, and development of innovative teaching materials and strategies. See the award flyer and documentation requirements for further details. Complete nominee materials must be submitted to awards@ncge.org no later than March 19, 2012. DTA K-12 Application Requirements Letters of support must be sent electronically but may be sent separately. See application requirements for more details.   Lara Bryant Department of Geography New Hampshire Geographic Alliance Keene State College 229 Main Street Keene, NH 03435-2001 lbryant1@keene.edu...

KeiZai Koho Fellowships

Hello and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and prosperous 2012! Why not challenge yourself this new year with a trip next summer to Japan? This is a friendly reminder that applications for the 2012 Keizai Koho Fellowship Program must be received by February 17, 2012. Below are details about the fellowship. Be sure to have a look at the website and check this not-to-be missed all expense paid ten day backstage pass to Japan! Who: Middle and High School teachers of Economics, Social Studies, and History. Supervisors, specialists, and school administrators at the district and state levels; and faculty associated with colleges directly concerned with the training of K-12 teachers. What: Two-week Educator Tour of major industrial and corporate facilities, meetings with key business leaders, meetings with educators including school visits, discussions with teachers and students, and a home stay with a Japanese family in Japan. Where: The ten-day itinerary in Japan will focus on Tokyo. Typically, there is at least one scheduled visit to a destination outside of Tokyo. When: June 29 – July 8, 2012 (Tentative) Why: For an opportunity to learn first hand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance the teaching of Japan in the classroom. How: Apply Now! Applications are due February 17,...

The Esri T3G Institute

T3G – Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS – – T3G is a professional development event for educators who help other educators learn why and how to use GIS. Through modeling, practice, and discussion, participants who are already versed in GIS, in teaching with computers, and in conducting professional development boost their combination of skills. Applications for T3G 2012 are due by Midnight (Pacific Time) Wed, Nov 30, 2011. The application form provides full instructions about how to apply for the 2012 T3G Institute. Download Application For More...