Do you know when the National Arboretum was established? Do you know the size of the Arlington National Cemetery? How quickly can you find the White House or pinpoint the old Irish neighborhood, Swampoodle, on a map?
Students at Woodley Hills Elementary School, in Alexandria, Virginia, answered these questions and more Dec. 7 as a part of a Partners in Education outreach event with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
April Rountree, Amecia Starks and Brittany L. Reid of NGA’s Partners in Education program played geography-based games, including the floor map trivia game, with students from Kameke Mojica’s fourth grade glass, using a floor map of Washington D.C.
“The purpose of the game is to get the students used to using a map, help them become better acquainted with the D.C. area and teach them about our capitol’s neighborhoods, landmarks and history,” said Reid, a public affairs officer at NGA who developed the game.
The floor map of D.C. is one of several floor maps that the PIE program has printed to enhance students’ navigation skills, particularly relating to areas surrounding NGA’s core sites.
The floor map trivia game, piloted for the first time Dec. 7, is played in two parts.