Canadian Geographic Education’s latest giant floor map gives students a learning experience that is out of this world.

The Canada from Space map — produced in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation and available for booking by educators since March — is an image mosaic of the country that uses raw data from the agency’s RADARSAT-2 satellite.

Cartographer Chris Brackley, who created the map, says it’s unlike anything he’s ever made. “The map reveals textures, patterns and colours that I’ve never seen before,” he says. “When the glaciers appeared more like melting rainbow popsicles, I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore.”

The map is part of CG Education’s giant floor map program, which allows educators to borrow a giant floor map and the accompanying activity trunk for a three-week period, for free.

The giant floor map program currently offers five maps to CG Education members. One map, Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone, caught the eye of Ontario’s Peel District School Board, which serves more than 150,000 students in kindergarten to Grade 12. The board bought its own copy of the map in April along with the activity trunk to tour their schools exclusively.

“The giant map supports kinesthetic learning and provides visual feedback to learners,” says Beverly McArthur, an instructional coordinator at the Peel District School Board. “We’re very excited about the potential of this resource.”

By the next school year, a North American animal migration routes map, produced in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and an Arctic flora and fauna map, created with the Canadian Museum of Nature, will be available to educators.

Click here more information or to book a giant floor map.