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Science, math and cultural connections take on new meaning with giant Pacific map

Students sit along the great Pacific Ocean’s trenches and discuss the geological significance of these deep valleys in the ocean floor. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)
Students sit along the great Pacific Ocean’s trenches and discuss the geological significance of these deep valleys in the ocean floor. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)
Waimea Middle School students walk along a giant world map that spans the Thelma Parker Gym floor. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)
Waimea Middle School students walk along a giant world map that spans the Thelma Parker Gym floor. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)
Students line up along the imaginary Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, which runs parallel to the Equator, then explain to their teacher why it’s warmer in this region of the Pacific than to the north or south. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)
Students line up along the imaginary Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, which runs parallel to the Equator, then explain to their teacher why it’s warmer in this region of the Pacific than to the north or south. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)

Waimea Middle School science classes had an opportunity to discover fascinating facts about the Pacific Ocean when their science teachers brought National Geographic’s huge map of the Pacific to campus last week and transformed the gym into a captivating classroom. Students not only learned about the geography of the Pacific and its many geological features, but they also learned to apply math concepts and skills and make cultural connections.