Fifth-graders atParksideElementarySchool,Lawrenceville, Ill.,learn to useArcExplorer JavaEdition forEducators.At the 2008Richland CountyFair in Illinois,youth were givenGPS receivers andinstructions fortheir use. Theirmission was tofind their favoriteplace on thefairgrounds, markthat way pointand return. Theythen downloadedtheir way points
Web Exclusive: From ABC to GIS
by Esther Worker
Posted: April 1, 2009
ESRI 4-H grants help kids map the road to success.
As the African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise achild.” But ESRI and GIS professionals are taking thatconcept even further by showing 4-H youth across the UnitedStates how to support their local communities—and maptheir own road to success—with geographic informationsystem (GIS) technology.For more than 100 years, 4-H has been helping America’s youth learnleadership, citizenship and life skills through camps, after-school programs andclub meetings. In 2007, more than 6 million 8- to 18-year-old boys and girls of all ethnicities from urban, suburban and rural areas across the country wereenrolled in 4-H programs. As 4-H entered the 21st century, the traditional 20thcentury programs were expanded to add high-tech programs that includerobotics, video photography, Web programming—and geospatial technologies.Engaging youth in learning through its Science, Engineering, and Technology(SET) programs is the 4-H 21st Century Mission mandate.
Exploring Spaces, Going Places
The 4-H Exploring Spaces, Going Places geospatial curriculumwas created by a team of 4-H youth development educationspecialists to introduce 4-H youth to spatial thinking byexploring the world of geospatial science. 4-H programsintegrate a large component of service learning, and inaddition to learning about technology and gaining skills,Exploring Spaces, Going Places enables 4-H youth to use GIStechnology in their service projects in their own communities.As a result, citizens attending county and state fairs areintroduced to GIS technology through the maps and GISprojects on display, which are created by the 4-H youth.Often, the fair judges are local geography educators and GISprofessionals.The range of 4-H GIS projects is as wideand diverse as the geography landscape of the United States. New York State 4-H
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