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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Africa is Not a Country

The EarthView team often takes the opportunity to remind people that Africa is not a country. When 25 young professionals from 17 African countries visited EarthView. We asked them to help us share the message.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mandela Washington Fellows -- BSU June 27

The EarthView team is proud to be making a presentation to a distinguished group of leaders from throughout the continent of Africa who are participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. We will be welcoming leaders from 17 countries to a special presentation of EarthView. We have also arranged for them to experience their continent on the National Geographic traveling flat map -- a huge map of their home continent that we can explore by walking from country to country!

We look forward to meeting and learning with these young leaders.

BSU President Fred Clark, Esq. recently announced the program to the campus community.

On June 17, Bridgewater State University will welcome 25 African leaders to participate in the U.S. State Department’s Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) ( President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent.

The Fellows are emerging civic and public leaders aged 25-36 and are coming to Southeastern Massachusetts from Angola; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Cameroon; Ethiopia; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Mauritius; Nigeria; São Tomé and Príncipe; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; Swaziland; and Uganda. Those selected for the program have promoted innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions and communities.

Through the extraordinary efforts of the entire campus, and after six months of intense planning, we have created an outstanding Public Management Institute that includes academic course work, leadership training, cultural experiences and networking opportunities.  The Fellowship experience will culminate in August with all 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows from each of the 41 host universities across the United States attending a summit in Washington, D.C., with President Obama.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship program presents a remarkable opportunity for our university to have a deep and meaningful engagement with Africa, and significantly enhance our strong reputation as a public university committed to global education. We can all take pride in being part of this effort to empower the next generation of African leaders.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sharon Middle School - June 10th

42° 06' 24" N
71° 09' 58" W
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We're back! Today is our second visit to Sharon in as many weeks and is our last EarthView visit for the 2015-2016 school year. 

At our visit last week, while giving his introduction to EarthView to a group of 7th grade students, Dr. Hayes-Bohanan was reminded of a video from the 1980's showing "recent" (recent for the video) Harvard Graduates trying to explain the seasons: 

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan explains more about this video in his blog post, Geo Veritas on his blog,

I hope that we would all know the reason for the seasons but we could all use a refresher every now and then, and this video does a great job explaining the phenomenon. 

Learning geography is a critical life skill, it teaches us about the world, its people, and gives us a much better understanding of why things occur where they occur and why. Geography education allows us to be informed citizens, and contribute to our planet in ways that will help it survive far into the future. The Earth is our home and we must protect it. And as can be seen in the next two videos below, it is never too early to learn geography!!

We hope that the students at Sharon Middle School enjoy their visit with EarthView today and we hope that the students who have ventured inside of EarthView this school year had a great time learning about the Earth with us! We're looking forward to seeing many new faces come September. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! 


Geography is both global and local, and often focus on interactions between humans and their natural environment. At Sharon Middle School, we found an excellent example of the school itself doing something to protect the environment.

This area of the parking lot shows that care was taken with both the water and the soil. Typically, dividing areas like this in parking lots are elevated, but this one is below the pavement level in a small depression known as a swale. This allows water from heavy rains to be held temporarily, so that it can soak into the ground, rather than rushing to the nearest streams. This reduces flooding and makes water more available to local wells. The ground is covered by grass but also clover, because clover captures nitrogen from the air and helps to improve the soil without any chemical fertilizer. 


The EarthView program travels to many schools each year, with more than 10,000 people participating in the program since last September (and close to 80,000 since 2008). We ended our school year at Sharon Middle School this year, though we will be doing some special summer programs on our campus and in various communities.
2015-2016 EarthView Team (l-r): Globe Lady, Eva, Dr. Hayes-Bohanan,
Dr. Domingo, Kevin. (Not shown: Karen & Courtney)

Rumney Marsh Academy, Revere -- June 8

42º 24' 47" N
71º 00' 12" W

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The EarthView team is very happy to be back at Rumney Marsh Academy, where we have enjoyed several visits in the past. The school has a few interesting geographic distinctions, the first of which is being named for a significant water feature, the Rumney Marsh coastal wetland. Another important distinction its location across the street from the New England Confection Company, better known as NECCO. It seems like a middle-school dream to have a huge candy factory across the street from school.

We were at Rumney-Marsh as recently as 2014, but neglected to post on the blog for that visit. Our 2012 blog post includes a number of geographically significant anniversaries, most notably the 2011 Springfield-Monson Tornado. Our 2011 blog post includes maps and discussion of the marsh for which the school is named and the geography of Revere in general.

This year, our visit takes place on World Ocean Day, which is appropriate for a  school located practically on the beach. Musician Jack Johnson introduces today's celebration of oceans:

Our EarthView visit is an ideal activity for #worldoceansday because it allows us to contemplate both the vastness and the importance of the world's oceans. Most people who enter EarthView for the first time are surprised by the size of the Pacific Ocean, which covers almost 1/3 of the planet's surface and nearly as than as the other oceans -- Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern -- combined. 
EarthView was constructed before the international agreement that designated the Southern Ocean in the year 2000, but the seam at the edge of EarthView's floor is in almost exactly the right place to represent its 60-degree South longitute. 

For more information, see How Many Oceans? from NOAA Ocean Service and
Geography of the World's Oceans from

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Amesbury Middle School - June 7th

42° 50' 54"N
70° 55' 50"W
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This week is a very busy week for Earthview and we apologize for getting behind in our blog posts!! This is our last week of Earthview for this academic school year and we are visiting 4 schools this week alone!

On Monday, June 6th, Dr. Hayes-Bohanan took EarthView to the Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester. The Sarah Greenwood School offers dual-language instruction (English and Spanish) for students in Kindergarten through the 2nd grade. We had visited the school earlier in the year on April 27th, but unfortunately the fan that powers EarthView failed and we were unable to go through with the program. Luckily we have a back-up fan and have since fixed the issue so we were able to come back to the school and present a great geography program for two Kindergarten classes!

Our visit Tuesday brought us to Amesbury Middle School for the very first time! Prior to our arrival at the school, we had received an email telling us that we would not miss the "Dough Boy" statue out in the front of the school. Earthview Wrangler Eva and Dr. Domingo did not think too much of this but were surprised to see the statue of a World War I soldier outside of the middle school. "That's a dough boy statue?" exclaimed Eva when she and Dr. Domingo arrived at the school, believe it or not, she was expecting to see a statue of the Pillsbury Dough Boy....The reasoning behind why World War I soldiers are exclusively referred to as "doughboys" is unclear, however there are many theories about the nickname and they can be found here.


We were impressed by all the enthusiasm from both the students and the staff of Amesbury Middle School. Not only was EarthView used by the social studies classes, it was also used by one of the math classes! Students in the 7th grade were using trigonometry to find the height of Earthview, and they successfully figured it out...20 feet tall! And to our pleasant surprise, a map was put on display in the gym to show how "far" the students would have ran with a combined total of their miles!

Our visit to Amesbury gave us a perfect example of how EarthView and geography in general can be used for a variety of disciplines! We certainly hope to be back soon!

We even made the Newburyport News!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sharon Middle School - June 3rd

42° 06' 24" N
71° 09' 58" W
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The EarthView team is happy to be visiting Sharon Middle School for the fourth year in a row! We will be visiting the school today and next Friday, June 10th. Our last visits to the school occurred on February 27th and March 6th last year, you can check out those blog posts by clicking on the dates. 

In search of what to write about for today's blog post, I came across an article from the Daily Mail exclaiming that scientists have discovered that the famous King Tut was buried with a dagger that was made from a meteorite! 

The dagger contained high levels of Nickel and trace amounts of Cobalt and Phosphorus. Scientists were able to match the chemical composition of the blade to a meteorite named Kharga that was discovered in the year 2000 on the Maras Matruh plateau in Egypt. What is very interesting is that Egyptians were using iron directly from meteorites while Europeans were limited to using bronze. Pretty cool discovery! 

More locally, a couple of weeks ago on May 17th, a meteor was seen in the skies over New England! 

Fireball spotted over New England

The map below created by the American Meteor Society shows where the "fireball" could be seen...Did you see it? Let us know!

Reported Meteor Sighting on May 17th, 2016

We hope that the students of Sharon Middle School enjoy their visit with EarthView today!