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25 foot map of Asia helps student learn geography

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A giant 26-by-35 foot map is helping introduce young minds to the diverse geography of Asia. It is the world's largest map of the continent. It is designed like a giant game board to help students learn about the geography of Asia, by actually walking on the map. It is designed for grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

The map is traveling around the country and is hosted by National Geographic.

Carley Lovoron is assistant director of the MS. Geographic Alliance at Ole Miss and talked with us about the map.

"We think this helps the students learn about the world in fun and exciting ways. In ways that will make it stick, whereas looking at paper maps may not. It let's them experience physically and learn a little bit deeper. Latitude and longitude coordinates can be used to locate points of interest on the map," Lovoron said.

"Asia is a critical continent for students and future leaders to understand. We hope to bring all of the eight maps to the state of Mississippi. Asia is the first one and we feel that is a very important project, that we wanted to bring into the state," added Lovoron.

You can see the giant map here at the Mississippi Natural Science Museum, at the site of the Old Riverside Park, through February 23rd.

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