Seventh grade students in Keighan Chapman’s Geography classes have been selected to participate in the 2017 National Geographic Explorers Festival Challenge. The National Geographic Explorers Festival is a multi-day celebration of exploration that will bring together scientists, conservationists, philanthropists, storytellers, educators, and the public to shine a light on breakthrough ideas and transformative solutions for a more sustainable future. During the Explorers Festival, National Geographic will be welcoming a new class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers. They are doing incredibly exciting work in fields like human genetics, wildlife conservation, and ocean engineering.
The 7th grade geography students will join this celebration of exploration! The students will learn about one of the newest Nat Geo Explorers, creatively tell their story, and brainstorm ways to support their work. Miss Chapman will invite her students to research an assigned Explorer and to become mini-experts on his or her work. Students will also brainstorm a way to get involved with the Explorer’s mission. The 7th graders are challenged to tell a compelling story about their Explorer that includes visual elements. For example, they could perform a play, start a blog, create a magazine, or film a video. The possibilities for medium are limitless, but students must include: ● Biographical details about the Explorer ● A map that shows where the Explorer is from and where he or she works ● Information about the problem the Explorer is trying to solve ● Details about the tools and actions this person uses to solve the problem ● An idea for how students can get involved with the Explorer’s mission. The work that the students create will be shared with National Geographic along with reflections of the students’ experience with this challenge.
As a special acknowledgement of the work and learning the students demonstrate, they will receive video message from their Explorer. National Geographic Education will also write a blog post about the lesson and the students’ work that will be shared with the National Geographic audience of more than a million people worldwide.