Footprints of the Mind Participant Finalist for Children’s Map Competition

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247 hopeful children entered their map to compete in the Petchenik International Children’s Map Competition, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children. Jack K., an eight year old who participated in a Footprints of the Mind workshop, is among the 21 National Finalists.

Footprint of the Mind Jack K's Winning Entry in Petchenik International Children’s Map Competition

“Footprints of the Mind is a leader in geography education because we provide young children with the environment to optimally learn, explore and grow,” says Irene Antonoglu, founder of Footprints of the Mind.

247 hopeful children entered their map to compete in the Petchenik International Children’s Map Competition, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children. Jack K., an eight year old who participated in a Footprints of the Mind workshop, is among the 21 National Finalists.

Jack’s winning entry shows the Earth set among a sky blue backdrop and two figures above. He created the winning artwork during a Footprints of the Mind workshop. Footprints of the Mind provides children between the ages of four and eight an opportunity to learn about geography in a fun and interactive environment through monthly workshops, in-school field trips, after school enrichment programs and camps.

This year’s theme is “My place in today’s world” and the competition is sponsored by National Geographic, the International Cartographic Association and the Commission on Cartography and Children. The entries are judged and chosen by a panel of judges from the US Census Bureau, the Association of American Geographers and National Geographic.

Winning entries selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 26th ICC in Dresden, Germany from 25–30 August 2013. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. There will also be a public vote open to all participants for a dedicated public prize.

“Footprints of the Mind is a leader in geography education because we provide young children with the environment to optimally learn, explore and grow,” says Irene Antonoglu, founder of Footprints of the Mind. “All of our students did a great job and we’re thrilled that one of our students’ work has been chosen among 247 submissions to be among the 21 finalists. It goes to show you that with the proper resources and in the right environment, we can continue to foster this love of geography.”

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children.

About Footprints of the Mind
Footprints of the Mind brings the world to children through its geography programs which includes its award-winning Wander our World app, Travel on Tuesday downloadable country kits, in-school field trips and interactive workshops. The goal is to make learning geography fun and simple in an exciting environment! Footprints of the Mind is dedicated to encouraging young children to learn about the world in which we live. To learn more, visit http://www.footprintsofthemind.com.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Hi-res .jpg image of Jack K.’s artwork is available upon request. Please contact Megy Karydes at Megy(at)KarydesConsulting(dot)com or call her at 312-560-2715.

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