Jessica Lilly Published

Large Interactive Map on Display at Concord University


Concord University is the latest destination for National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of Europe. The map will be on display for most of the week leading up to the 2015 West Virginia Geographic Bee.

Seventy students from across the state will compete this Friday in the state geographic bee at Concord’s Athens campus. The competition is for students in the fourth through eighth grades.

National Geographic developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States.

The Geo Bee is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, to spark student interest in the subject and to increase public awareness about geography. National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of Europe is available for kids of all ages to embark on a mock tour of the world’s second smallest continent, while learning about its rich history and diverse geography.

The large interactive map will be on the Athens campus through this Thursday. The state Geography Bee will be held on the Athens campus of Concord University Friday, March 27. Winners of the state competition win the opportunity to represent West Virginia at the 27th annual National Geographic Bee. That competition will be in Washington, D.C. in May.

To schedule a time to visit the map of Europe during its stop at Concord or for more information contact Poff at or 304-920-1212.