On Monday, Hilo Intermediate School will host the National Geographic Traveling Map of the Pacific Basin.
Students, via participating teacher’s classes, will get the hands-on, feets-on opportunity to explore this giant map, which covers 25-by-35 feet of turf.
Students will need to have socks on and follow teacher instructions. As a host school, HIS will invite students from other schools to participate in the special event.
The brightly colored, smooth vinyl surface of the map will introduce students to explore some of the unexpected geography at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean: from the deepest place on earth, the Mariana Trench, to the world’s tallest mountain, Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, which has its base on the ocean floor.
The map will visit other schools throughout Hawaii.
Most of all, students will experience the Pacific as a living entity, with active volcanoes giving birth to new islands, deep sea vents supporting new life forms, phytoplankton blooms providing over half of the planet’s fresh air, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure in the world.