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.


USGIF was this year recognized by Loudoun County Public Schools as a “Partners in Education” award recipient for partnership with Moorefield Station Elementary School in Ashburn, Va. Through this partnership, USGIF has reached about 450 students at the school, teaching them about GEOINT and its importance and application in the world. Read the full press release.

School-Business Partner Highlight: USGIF from LCPS-TV on Vimeo.

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

Upcoming Events & Activities

Loudoun & Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fairs

March 15 & 17, 2018
Loudoun & Fairfax County, VA

USGIF will be participating as judges in the Loudoun County and Fairfax County’s Regional Science and Engineering Fairs in March. The Foundation will be providing a cash prize to high school students who’s projects demonstrate outstanding work in geospatial intelligence.

K-12 STEM Symposium

April 14, 2018
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Nysmith School for the Gifted
13625 EDS Drm, Herndon, VA 20171

USGIF will be an exhibitor at WashingtonExec’s K-12 STEM Symposium, a community event that educates and excites children, parents, and educators on STEM. USGIF will be in the Altamira-sponsored pavilion and will have activities that teach basic skills in GEOINT. Kids will also have the opportunity to build their own satellite using household products.

GEOINT 2018 Symposium K-12 Program

April 22-25, 2018
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
USGIF is once again hosting students at the GEOINT Symposium. Students will get to learn more about and experience GEOINT through a variety of activities that include an exhibit hall tour, a talk from GEOINT leaders, mapping, and a workshop. Check it out!

Past Events

Spy Fest

Jan. 26, 2017
USGIF’s Young Professionals Group 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 taught families about satellites and showed them before and after disaster satellite imagery. Kids also built their own satellites using everyday household items.

Exploring Ancient Civilizations with Modern Technology

Jan. 17-18, 2018
USGIF teamed up with two, third grade classes at Moorefield Station Elementary School to connect modern mapping technology with their curriculum on ancient civilizations. Students used GPS units to navigate and locate several waypoints.

Girls In Technology Sharing Our Success

Nov. 16, 2017
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

Nov. 16, 2017
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

Nov. 15, 2017
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 during GEOINT Community Week

USGIF and its volunteers took Intro to GEOINT to schools around North America during USGIF’s GEOINT Community Week, Nov. 11-17. See the list of schools.

• Belmont Station Elementary School, Ashburn, VA
• Clark Elementary School, Tampa, FL
• Crofton Meadows Middle School, Crofton, MD
• Fairwood Public School, Ontario, Canada
• Key Elementary School, Washington, DC
• Land O’ Lakes High School, Land O’ Lakes, FL
• Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Holy Spirit Campus, Montgomery, AL
• Moorefield Station Elementary School, Ashburn, VA
• Daniel Boone Elementary School, Wentzville, MO
• Seldens Landing Elementary School, Leesburg, VA
• St. Christopher School, Vandalia, OH
• Stratford Landing Elementary School, Alexandria, VA

Intro to GEOINT

Sept. 18-19, 2017
USGIF staff gave its Intro to GEOINT to 90 4th and 5th graders at Virginia Run Elementary School.

Intro to GEOINT

Aug. 16, 2017
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

June 14-16, 2017
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.

GEOINT 2017 K-8 Program

June 5-6, 2017
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.

GEOINT Outreach – Girls Inc. from Trajectory On Location on Vimeo.

Earth Day Activity

April 21, 2017
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.


March 30, 2017
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

March 23, 2017
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

March 18, 2017
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

March 6-17, 2017
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.

STEM Night

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.