USGIF K-12 Educational Outreach
USGIF’s goal for K-12 students is to foster general awareness of GEOINT and the role it plays in their everyday lives, as well as the myriad career opportunities the field offers.
Upcoming Events & Activities
Bring Intro to GEOINT to a Local School
USGIF is looking for volunteers to share our Intro to GEOINT presentation at your local schools. This is a great way to give back by helping edGEOcate our future leaders.
We have prepared presentation materials for you that is geared toward grades 5-8 and provides an overview of GEOINT—geography, maps, satellites, imagery, remote sensing, GIS, and careers. The presentation takes 45 minutes to one hour and is highly interactive with games, Q&A, stories, videos, and much more.
If you are interested in presenting Intro to GEOINT at your local school, please contact USGIF’s Lead Educational Manager Lindsay Mitchell at email@example.com.
Intro to GEOINT – Kilmer Middle School
Kilmer Middle School, Vienna, VA
As part of the school’s second quarter enrichment period, USGIF is leading an Intro to GEOINT for a Kilmer Middle School class from November to January. Each week students will get to learn about different facets of GEOINT to include mapping, satellites, imagery, remote sensing, drones, GEOINT careers, and much more.
Girls In Technology Sharing Our Success
USGIF staff and YPG attended Women in Technology’s annual Girls in Technology Sharing Our Success event where girls and their families learned about GEOINT and how to analyze satellite imagery.
STEM Night – Moorefield Station Elementary
USGIF staff and YPG attended Moorefield Station Elementary’s annual STEM Night in Ashburn, Va. to teach students and their families how to analyze satellite imagery.
LCPS Job For A Day
USGIF partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools’ Job For A Day Program where LCPS students had the opportunity to shadow at DigitalGlobe, Hawkeye 360, and OGSystems to learn about the business and the role they play in the GEOINT Community.
Intro to GEOINT
September 18 & 19
USGIF staff gave its Intro to GEOINT to 90 4th and 5th graders at Virginia Run Elementary School.
Intro to GEOINT
USGIF staff visited 16 students in the science and nature summer camp by the Fairfax County Park Authority to give an Intro to GEOINT presentation.
USGIF Giant Map Tour
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.