The first batch of World MaxiMaps went out of the door last week – ordered as a result of our attendance at the GA Conference in Derby in April. We were delighted with the response from teachers at the show (for the first few hours we were inundated with visitors, although there’s a slight suspicion that our popularity was somehow linked to the proximity of the free tea and coffee!) and grateful to the organisers for allowing us to take up a great deal of extra floor space with our floor maps.
On the final afternoon we challenged delegates to correctly place 48 towns on the British Isles map in 3 minutes – not as easy as it sounds – the picture shows the one and only success story. The show may also deliver our first export order – fingers crossed – to a school in Cyprus.
We’re now in a position to take MaxiMaps around the country and have our first presentation confirmed – we’ll be in Worthing for a Geography Conference on Wednesday 7th July thanks to teacher Graham Goldup (who I’ve since found out is Ordnance Survey Geography Teacher of the Year 2009!!)
The “Teachmeet” concept is very interesting – the fun, active learning nature of the floor maps is best conveyed in an informal setting so we want to attend and/or sponsor Teachmeets throughout the UK. We’d also really like to hear from more primary schoolteachers – so please do get in touch.
A small local school asked us about a wall map for their hall – they had a 12 ft x 8 ft space just calling out for something useful and eye-catching. It’s been a great hit with the kids – especially when I took in set of World Cup flag stickers (the picture shows the pupils competing to place them) We’ll be offering this idea as an option for smaller schools.
Rowena Wells, Maximap
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