Recently, 20 local students were educated on geographic-information systems and now are equipped with knowledge on its uses.
Participants in the A+ Educational Services “Gear Tech Day Camp” experienced GIS/GPS and robotics for themselves at Connection Church on June 24-28.
The Hinesville GIS office, in partnership with A+ Educational Services, taught classes in GIS/GPS with grant funding from the University of Nebraska on behalf of Nebraska 4-H. The camp was based on instructional design from Gear-Tech-21. According to its website, Gear-Tech-21 teaches robotics, GPS and GIS technologies by helping students build and program a robot and participate in navigation and mapmaking activities.
Hinesville GIS coordinator Anna Phillips and GIS intern Rebecca Davis worked with campers and helped them use a GPS unit, geographic coordinates and satellites to locate items.
“We explained GIS and maps to them and then created a community map for surviving a zombie apocalypse,” Phillips said. “If Hershey, Pa., has one, we need one!”
Phillips said she read about the activity idea in an ESRI Arc
Users article, “The Undead, Liven Up the Classroom,” by Edward Gonzales-Tennant of Monmouth University. He developed the assignment to add interest to learning geospatial analysis for his college students.