Maps and Graphics at UNEP/GRID-Arendal

Hugo at UNEP/GRID-Arendal was kind enough to share a press release on a project he is working with us. The focus of their center is to provide generally understandable representations of scientific information. Their new maps and graphics site is a clearinghouse of many of these representations that takes advantage of web mapping with some back-end GIS in addition to providing static graphics. Overall, this is a great resource and will probably be especially useful for the classroom.

Maps and Graphics at UNEP/GRID-Arendal
UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics library.

Utah High School Student wins $100,000 scholarship

The winner of the 2006 Intel Science Talent Search is Shannon Babb of Highland, Utah, who won a $100,000 college scholarship for her project studying the impacts of humans and animals on the Spanish Fork River drainage system. Not only did she spend six months studying the drainage system, she also came up with recommendations for improving water quality. Shannon’s study is something physical geographers interested in hydrology do all the time, so maybe she will take her scholarship and use it to study geography!

Via CNN

Outdoor Classroom Awards

Lowe’s, International Paper and National Geographic  Explorer have teamed up to award nearly $80,000 in grants to 32 schools in 15 states to help construct outdoor learning environments for science education. I think this is a really great program to give kids more opportunities to learn and get excited about science. If you’d like to learn more about the program, check out the Outdoor Classroom website
Via GISuser

SkillsUSA Announces New College Geospatial Competition

In case any of you aren’t on the ESRI Education email Newsleter, this is an item that of you may be interested in following. From the newsletter:

“SkillsUSA has partnered with the GIS industry to develop a competition program that will provide universities, colleges, and their students with a way to validate their geospatial programs and measure them against national standards…. By successfully passing an online qualifying exam (available in March and April) to test knowledge in GIS and remote sensing, students will be eligible to compete nationally and have a chance to earn national recognition and cash awards.”

Winners will receive cash and software prizes. I didn’t see anything specific about level of education, but as we find out more we will definitely share 🙂

Step-By-StepTutorial: Open Source Web GIS

mapz posted a link to an article titled “Web GIS in practice IV: publishing your health maps and connecting to remote WMS sources using the Open Source UMN MapServer and DM Solutions MapLab“, that  comes complete with a tutorial.  The tutorial is a 14 page document that walks you through downloading the software, installing on a windows box, and getting a demo running.  Complete with lots of graphics and links to open source web mapping software.
mapz: a gis librarian: Step-By-StepTutorial: Open Source Web GIS

GLIS Annual GIS competition for high schools

The Geographic and Land Information Society has announced their Annual GIS Competion for high schools, sponsored by ESRI. Basically, high schools submit projects to the competition by the deadline of March 15, 2006, and the winners will be notified by April 1st. Entry forms, rules for project submissions, and information on prizes can be found at the GLIS competition website. Good luck to the schools who enter!

UCGIS Draft Body of Knowledge

UCGISThe University Consortium for Geographic Information Science has made a draft of its GI S&T Body of Knowledge (that’s Geographic Information Science and Technology, BTW) available for comment. This document is part of their Model Curricula. Comments can be made on the associated discussion forum on the UCGIS site. While the document is lengthy at 115 pages there are many pages of bullets. The file is available as both a MSWord document for editing and PDF.

Download the GI S&T Body of Knowledge document.

NASA’s ISS EarthKAM program

I just read an article about a teacher in Maine who has had her students participating in projects based on NASA’s ISS EarthKam project. EartKAM is Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students, an education program that is centered around a camera currently mounted on the International Space Station. EarthKAM has actually been around since 1996 and has also flown on shuttle missions, so there is a pretty nice archive of images on the website. The images are taken by students themselves, who request specific areas via the Web. It’s a pretty cool program, and is a way to get students interested in geography and the applications of remote sensing.

Check out NASA’s EarthKAM website

GAW Day 2: Human Geography

Although definitions vary, most agree that human geography focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, and the spatial relationships that define and are defined by those interactions. Human geography has many sub-disciplines, from cultural geography to urban geography to historical geography and many others (Wikipedia lists 18 fields of Human Geography, and that’s not even all of them).
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