Living true to its mission to create extraordinary learning experiences, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has partnered with the world's foremost maps expert, the National Geographic Society, and the most advanced producer of new mapping technology, the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), to create a compelling international traveling exhibit, “National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure.” This extraordinary 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) exhibit provides children and families with the exciting opportunity to immerse themselves in the thrilling world of maps.
Maps are important tools that help us explore and expand our thinking about the world. They help people get from here to there—from where they are, to where they want to be. “National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure” engages the entire family by demonstrating the role maps play in daily life and by offering collaborative, hands-on activities that help children and parents map their own adventures.
In the exhibit, new explorers begin their adventures at Explorer School, where they are introduced to mapping basics. Families can see historical and contemporary maps of different shapes and sizes and try their hand at using and making maps. They'll also learn how different tools helped explorers like Lewis and Clark map North America.
Next, families come across areas featuring today's explorerson land, at sea, in the air, and in spaceand learn about their real-life adventures through maps, artifacts, and interactive experiences. It's full of fun activities that invite families to become explorers, chart new territory, and plan their own adventures.
“National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure” is being developed for teachers and school groups, grades three through five. Educational materials based on U.S. National Geography Standards will be provided to supplement and extend the museum visit.
Throughout its five-year tour, "National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure" will travel to venues such as National Geographic's Explorers Hall museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu.