Your Donation Dollars At Work
As an educational nonprofit, USGIF strives to expand its educational opportunities beyond the GEOINT Community. With the help of your contributions to the EdGEOcation Giving Fund, USGIF is able to make this happen. Check out our upcoming events and programing.
Intro to GEOINT
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly, VA
USGIF staff will visit a science summer camp by the Fairfax County Park Authority to give an Intro to GEOINT presentation. Students will get a basic introduction to GEOINT to include history, maps, aerial imaging, GIS, and remote sensing.
Following the GEOINT 2017 Symposium, USGIF still had the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map of North America for another week. The staff brought the map to Bull Run, Virginia Run, and Stratford Landing Elementary Schools in Northern Virginia.
USGIF offered a K-8 program for Girl Scouts and Girls Inc. in the San Antonio area during the GEOINT 2017 Symposium. The program included activities on the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map of North America, a live UAS demo, a panel from female GEOINT leaders, and demos at exhibitor booths.
Earth Day Activity
USGIF and Esri teamed up to introduce a mapping activity for classrooms at Moorefield Station Elementary School in time for Earth Day. Each participating classroom explored ArcGIS and will make a StoryMap of a problem or issue in their community before the end of the school year.
USGIF staff participated in Hamilton Elementary’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Night. Staff talked to students about what satellites are, have students analyze satellite imagery, and look at before and after images of natural disasters.
Loudoun County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
USGIF presented an award and provided a judge for the Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. USGIF offered a Special Achievement in GEOINT Award to a student who’s project demonstrates the best use of geospatial intelligence to solve a real-world problem or issue. The winner was Jonathan Kerr, Broad Run High School student, for his project on “Remote and Autonomous Seismic Vulnerability Evaluation Using Satellite Imagery.”
Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Members of USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) represented the Foundation as judges in science fair March 18. YPG Members Bill Pilotte and Isaac Zaworski selected a first, second, and third place winner for best representation of GEOINT. The first place winner was Siona Prasad of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in second place was Kevin Duffy from Lake Braddock Secondary School, and in third place was Mikayla Huffman from Marshall High School. Each winner received a cash prize of $300, $200, and $100, respectively.
Giant Map Tour in Loudoun County
Loudoun County Public Schools rented the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map of North America. The map traveled to various elementary schools in the county, exposing kids to geography. USGIF assisted with the giant map by visiting Seldens Landing Elementary and Hamilton Elementary, and giving a GEOINT 101 presentation while completing interactive activities on the map with the students.
Feb. 22, 2017
The Foundation took part in Moorefield Station Elementary School’s STEM Night. USGIF staff talked to students about what satellites are, had students analyze satellite imagery, and look at before and after images of natural disasters.
Jan. 27, 2017
USGIF participated in the International Spy Museum’s annual Spy Fest, an educational family event where kids and parents get a rare glimpse into the secret world of espionage through interactive, spy-related activities. Volunteers from the Young Professionals Group (YPG) taught families about satellites using 3D satellite imagery provided by Vricon. Kids could also build their own satellites using everyday household items.