In the United States, the geography education community celebrates Geography Awareness Week in the third week of November. Established by presidential proclamation in 1987, Geography Awareness Week is an opportunity to build awareness of the importance of geography education for our modern world. On Wednesday of that week is GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day, which has been celebrated around the world since 1998.
This year, Geography Awareness Week will be November 11-17, 2012. Its theme, "Geography: Declare your Interdependence," promotes geo-literacy and invites participants to explore how all places are interrelated.
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In conjunction with GIS Day on November 14, 2012, Vicki Hynes, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator from the City of West Chicago and LuAnn Bombard, West Chicago City Museum Director, will be presenting Geography Adventure to third grade classes at Pioneer School on November 14, 2012.
Third graders will learn about GIS, geography and maps, and how to pick out landmarks on a map. Students will get to test their spatial geographical awareness by looking at various West Chicago aerial views and guessing their locations. They will also learn about what was on the site of Pioneer School before it was built in 1971.