FDU Offers a Back-to-School Geography Challenge

Web Game Players Must Beat the Clock by Matching Names, Countries

MADISON, N.J. (Aug. 20, 2009)—Can you tell Mozambique from Madagascar? Luxembourg from Lithuania?

Kids and adults can beat the summer doldrums and test their knowledge of geography with a new, interactive online game developed by Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Global Geography Challenge, at www.fdu.edu/geographychallenge, asks players to pick a continent and then drag a country’s name to its correct outline on the map. To win, players must finish within a set amount of time.

“The Global Geography Challenge is a fun way for kids to get ready for school and for their parents to sharpen their own skills,” said James Barrood, executive director of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at FDU. “More seriously, the lack of geography skills and global awareness among young people today is a growing concern. Students who know geography and have an understanding of the world will be better prepared as they enter their academic and professional careers.”

The Global Geography Challenge is sponsored by the Institute and by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Global Issues Gateway.

About the FDU Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies

The Rothman Institute teaches and supports entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities. Its academic program has been ranked among the top 20 nationwide, while its outreach programs help business people succeed in new or growing ventures as well as in corporations or organizations. The Institute teaches global entrepreneurship to high school students through its summer Discover Business Teen Camp program. It also offers an online Global Understanding Certificate Program for high school students. Other study modules include Creativity and Innovation, Personal Finance, and Communication, Networking and Etiquette. 

About FDU's Global Issues Gateway

The Global Issues Gateway (http://www.gig.org) is an educational Web site that links the university community and the world to increase global awareness, illuminate the impacts of globalization and help prepare world citizens. The site includes a peer-reviewed academic online journal, streaming video archives of United Nations and other global events at FDU, and a Global Virtual Classroom that allows two classrooms to interact in a virtual online space.



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