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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Inflatable Celestial Bodies- Learn About the Planets

The Giant Inflatable Solar System

The Giant Inflatable Solar System is a wonderful way for children to learn about the celestial bodies.  A three-dimensional representation of the planets allows young minds to have a grasp of astronomy. This model of the solar system includes the Sun, the Earth’s moon and Pluto as well as Mercury,
Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune.

The solar system has been a subject of both mystery and awe for humanity. We have tried for millennia to understand the complex world beyond our immediate grasp. Ancient stargazers observed the beams of light emanating from the celestial bodies of the night sky and decided to call them “planets”. With advances in technology and the passage of time we have been able to obtain a greater understanding of outer space. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are known as the terrestrial planets because of their solid rocky surfaces. The outer lying planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are called gas giants, and diminutive Pluto has a frigid surface.

Pick up this set to learn more about the planets and experience hours of intergalactic enjoyment. These inflatable planets are a practical way to demonstrate the rotation, revolution, and orbit of the solar system. The accompanying trivia guide provides a catalyst for discussion of topics like the relative size of the planets, travel in space, and the impact of zero-gravity.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Geography In the Modern Classroom

Geography is a crucial component of education in the 21st century

A globe to learn the constellations and continents

        In our ever changing society it is highly beneficial for children to understand their place in the global community. An appreciation of other cultures and the ability to connect with those with different lifestyles is crucial to interpersonal development. The advent of globalization has diminished the boundaries between countries and continents. E-commerce has further eliminated the degree of separation between nations. A few clicks of a mouse and keys on a keyboard and you can purchase items from anywhere in the world.

Creating Practical Connections to the World around You       

       One of the best ways for children to get a perspective on the world around them is to play with a globe. Globes provide so much information about the world around us. One of the most important things that can be learned from looking at a globe is that the world is round. This concept is not well conveyed by a regular flat map. Making a connection between places learned about in history and a spot on the globe makes the information more relevant.

An understanding of geography is also useful for learning about weather patterns and climate.

       A simple glance at the globe and knowing the seasons being experienced by different countries provides relevance to media reports. The evening news makes so much more sense when you can see where that cyclone or monsoon happen. This also allows you to learn about and comprehend the patterns of climate change that are common to certain areas.

Understanding geopolitical boundaries is another reason to have a globe.

     There’s no better way to get a grasp of where places are then to take a finger and point to them. Learn the capitals of states and countries, learn the continents. Learn about different people and cultures broaden your horizons. Spin the globe and pick a new place for your class to learn about. Explore the globe with your students.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Why Everyone Should Find Globes Meaningful Even Today


Globes in the Modern World

Illustrated Globe of United States
The USA 9" Illuminated Globee

Globes have been around for centuries, and this causes some people to think that they must be obsolete by now. In reality, they're just as important as they ever were, and mostly for the same reasons. Globes are meaningful today because they provide a fully 3-D view of the planet in a tangible and easily understood way. Depending on the specific globe, they may also provide 3-D topographical information, data on trade routes, and other extras.

You Can See Where the Countries In the News Are

In today's world, it's common to see news reports about countries that weren't even in the general consciousness a few years ago. Sometimes, the United States even ends up having military involvement in these places. Many people end up wondering just where these places are, but the news often is no help when it comes to this part. If the programs bother to show a map, it'll be a close crop that doesn't let viewers visualize where the area is in relation to known areas. Using a globe makes it easy to see exactly where everything is. It can take a while to find a country on a globe the first time, especially when news reports only give vague descriptions like "in the Middle East" or "in Africa," but once the location has been pinpointed, it is unlikely to be forgotten. This is because you'll be able to see where it is in relation to places you already know about. Once you see it on the globe, you'll also be able to understand what the reports about when they speak of difficulties related to airbase placement, shipping lanes, and other important factors involving the nearby countries and geographical features.

You Can Learn About an Area's Geography Without Actually Going There

Globes show geographic features like mountains and rivers. The best of them will even render the altitudes of these features in 3D, which makes it even easier to tell their relative heights and depths. This makes it easy to see important mountain ranges like the Rockies, see the path of the Nile River, and spot other important features. Having this knowledge makes it easy to understand how certain geographical elements have altered exploration and settlement patterns, guided the growth of nations, and more. It's also easier to predict the climate of a new location by spotting it on a globe. Climate is roughly predictable by how far from the equator a place is. Its proximity to an ocean is another factor that plays a big part. This makes it so that you can take a look at a globe and tell right away whether the area will have a winter, whether it's likely to get a lot of snow or have a dry season instead, and whether it's likely to be in the way of hurricanes or cyclones. This information is important for planning moves or vacations.
A globe for oceanography and geography
Scout Kids Globe

Globes Make it Easy to Teach Children About the Planet

Even adults have plenty of trouble visualizing where things are when they can't see 3D images of them on a globe. This is even worse for children because they have a limited base of already-known locations. Pointing everything out on the globe will make it easy for kids to learn and grown-ups to refresh their memories. There are even kid-friendly globes that are designed to make this easier. These are just some of the reason globes are still meaningful despite their ancient origin. They're also very decorative, and some styles add much sophistication to a room. This makes them some of the most useful accents a home can have. To learn more about our globes or get help choosing the best one for your needs, just contact us. We'll be glad to suggest the perfect ones for your needs.