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As part of a course objective to improve the geographic literacy of students in higher education, Penn State's Amazing Race, a modified version of Google Earth's application programming interface (API) demo game, Geo Whiz, engages students in learning physical geography within a Google Earth browser plug-in. Students navigate around the Earth to identify on the globe the locations of various countries, major cities, United States national parks, and locations with features of geological significance. To better achieve the learning goal, several game elements were incorporated into the game interface: a timer to encourage concentration, a ranking board with...

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