About 400 elementary students are expected to participate in WORLD FEST 2012, a program to promote cultural awareness at an early age.
Hosted by the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Economics' Center for Economic Education, the program helps elementary students develop a better understanding of global interdependence and their role in the world economy.
In the months leading up to WORLD FEST, 4th and 5th-grade students select a country and research such topics as economics, geography, culture, and political systems as they relate to their chosen nation. On March 27, the students will gather on the UM-Flint campus to share their displays, and engage in a day of celebrating international education.
Some of the activities planned include:
HALL OF NATIONS: Students will visit the country displays and using their "passports" will go on a scavenger hunt to find specific information on each country that is represented.
EARTH DOME: Students will walk through the Earth Dome, a 22 foot diameter inflatable globe with satellite images of the world. They will observe such features as continents, landforms, time zones, and more.
After the 9:15 opening, students will move to the University Center and Recreation Center. Larger displays will be in the Recreation Center.