Globe-Trotting Inflatable Globes: An Impact Analysis between the Delaware Children’s museum and Project EarthView from Bridgewater State University

Authors: Julia Nadeau*, Bridgewater State University, Ryan King, Bridgewater State University, Kevin Bean, Bridgewater State University
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: Geography Education
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Traveling inflatable globes have been used for decades across the United States and beyond to help students of all ages conceptualize many different aspects of the world around them, especially in terms of cultural, ethnic, heritage, political, and physical concepts. On the Eastern Seaboard there are two storied and vigorous programs which bring a large inflatable classroom to schools form the Mid-Atlantic to New England. In Delaware and the Tri-State area there is the Delaware Children's Museum Earth Balloon and in New England Bridgewater State University has two inflatable globes. Both programs have immense impact and merit, the purpose of our research is to compare and contrast unique aspects of each program. For example, we will assess the modalities and techniques implemented by each instruction team. In addition, we will also assess the physical footprint of each program and the types of communities served; especially in terms of showcasing geography to traditionally underrepresented groups of students. Finally, we will assess the long term goals of these programs and how they remain tied to their local communities while also serving a more broad regional community. Our research will hopefully help outsiders and those who work closely with the traveling classrooms better understand their potential and impact relative to other non-traditional classroom geography interventions.

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