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200 Kids Celebrate Geography at Annual Minnesota State Geographers' Fair
Saturday, Feb. 10 - Science Museum of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. - Approximately 200 Minnesota grade school and middle school children will demonstrate their knowledge of world geography at the 2007 Minnesota State Geographers' Fair, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minn. 

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade will bring individual, small group or whole class projects to the fair. Many of the projects such as dioramas, charts, electrically wired answer boards, graphs, videos and presentations have been selected from geography fairs at individual schools. K-12 geography educators, and Macalester College Geography Department faculty and students, will evaluate the projects.

This year's participating schools include:
Calvin Christian School (Blaine and Edina)
St. Raphael Catholic School (Crystal)
Sunny Hollow Elementary School (New Hope)
Kaleidoscope Charter School (Rogers)
EXPO for Excellence Magnet School (St. Paul)
Four Seasons A+ Elementary School (St. Paul)
Hancock-Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School (St. Paul)
Hayden Heights Elementary School (St. Paul)
Highland Park Elementary School (St. Paul)
L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School (St. Paul)
Nativity of Our Lord School (St. Paul)
Southview Elementary School (Waconia)

The event is hosted by the Science Museum of Minnesota and sponsored by The Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) and the Macalester College Geography Department. MAGE, an organization of educators and professionals who share a commitment to quality education and the expansion of geography education, is coordinated by Macalester geography Professor David Lanegran. In addition to student activities, MAGE also sponsors numerous geography workshops and institutes for K-12 teachers

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students.  Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, diversity and civic engagement.