Over 100 third-graders from Tempe’s Thew Elementary School will don hard hats and join engineer Bryan Beaulieu in an Earth Day event at the East Valley Institute of Technology on Wednesday to build the Arizona portion of The Great Globe.
When: 10 a.m., April 22
Where: EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa
What’s The Great Globe? A project to build a 42-story revolving replica of the Earth as an educational tourist attraction in south-central Arizona. In 1993, Beaulieu engineered a similar, smaller globe project for the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. The Great Globe lab is based at EVIT’s Main Campus, where EVIT students have assisted Beaulieu in designing and creating kits that children from all over the world can use to create the 10 million 4-inch 3D tiles that will cover the globe’s surface. When children create their 3D tiles for the globe, they also research everything about that area, such as the terrain, people, and buildings, and then upload that information to www.thegreatglobe.com.
What’s happening Wednesday? The Arizona portion of the globe will be made from 90 triangular panels that will eventually be covered by 6,000 3D tiles. These tiles were created by children who toured The Great Globe exhibit at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix last fall. Several of the panels are now finished – including those featuring EVIT, downtown Mesa and Tempe, where Thew Elementary is located. Each of the 90 panels have been mounted on a wheeled tripod. On Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Thew students, along with Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh and EVIT Superintendent Sally Downey, will work with Beaulieu to move their panels together like a giant jigsaw puzzle to form the entire state of Arizona.
When will the globe be finished? Wednesday’s event kicks off a five-year drive to complete The Great Globe by Earth Day 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Beaulieu will replicate Wednesday’s “Building Arizona” activity for any school or youth organization in Arizona that would like to help finish the project.
More information: Visit www.thegreatglobe.com, or call Bryan Beaulieu at (480) 461-4120. The Great Globe lab will be open on Wednesday for any media that would like to tour.
Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032