World Population Cube

World Population CubeLast November’s theme of the Super Science Saturday at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History was Planet Earth. As part of the activities I contributed a map cube which I created a few years ago.
Cubic globes are not a new idea. They put a nice twist to showing just a simple map, and more importantly, they allow for some activity which get the kids involved just as much as adults. A cube is much less work than creating a spheric version of Earth, and (as said by Carlos Furuti on his online cube globe collection) the cube is an ideal introduction to folding one’s own pseudoglobes.
At last November’s Super Science Saturday I displayed some of my work and offered a ‘Map Cube Activity’ where children (and adults) could cut, fold and glue their own globes. My version of a map cube does not display a normal world map, but a gridded population cartogram (hence the name ‘World Population Cube’). You can create your own cube by using the following template:

World Population Cube Template
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Now go, print out this template, craft your own cube, take a photo of it and post it on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag #mapcube. I would love to see your own creations (and will put some of the best ones that I find on display at this page)!

Meanwhile, here are some more impressions from the Super Science Saturday event (courtesy of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History):

Super Science Saturday

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