As agents for the fictional Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation (FFFBI), students ages 8-13 are invited to undertake a series of imaginative online missions designed to enhance their geographical knowledge and increase their understanding of foreign cultures. From Tokyo to India’s Bollywood and the Australian outback, students will use their newfound geographic skills to hunt down the FFFBI’s most wanted animal fugitives. With names like the Cyber-Toothed Tigers and the Axis of Weasels, each adventure promises to hold a new twist for the young student detectives. In 2002, National Geographic published a survey stating that 83 percent of students could not find Afghanistan on a world map and 86 percent could not locate Israel on a map of the Middle East and Asia. National Geographic and the public television station WGBH in Boston partnered to create this award-winning web site as a means to bolster the quality of U.S. geography instruction in the nation’s schools, helping put U.S. students on par with their foreign counterparts by encouraging a better understanding of the world in which they live.

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