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.

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

GeoPlunge Tournament

Arent Fox, 717 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
USGIF and members from its Young Professionals Group (YPG) will be assisting with a GeoPlunge tournament taking place in Washington, DC. GeoPlunge is a geography-based card game where K-12 students compete in teams while testing their knowledge about the United States. Volunteers are needed to help lead individual games and keep score.

Past Events

GEOINT 2018 Symposium K-12 Program

April 22-25, 2018
USGIF hosted students at its GEOINT 2018 Symposium in Tampa, FL. Students learned and experienced GEOINT through a variety of activities that included a big map, technology demos, a workshop, and other hands-on activities.

USGIF K-12 EdGEOcation Program at GEOINT 2018 from Trajectory On Location on Vimeo.

K-12 STEM Symposium

April 14, 2018
USGIF exhibited at WashingtonExec’s K-12 STEM Symposium, an annual community event that educates and excites children, parents, and educators on STEM. USGIF was in the Altamira-sponsored pavilion and had activities that taught basic skills in GEOINT and an opportunity to create their own satellite using household products.

Loudoun & Fairfax County Regional Science Fairs

March 15 & 17, 2018
USGIF participated in two regional science and engineering fairs, awarding high school students for outstanding projects that demonstrated the use of geospatial intelligence to solve a real-world problem or issue. At the Loudoun County science fair March 15, USGIF awarded $500 to Rasvik Kudum from Rock Ridge High School. On March 17 at the Fairfax County science fair, the Foundation awarded $250 each to Kavya Kopparapu and Siona Prasad from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Partners in Education Award

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.

Spy Fest

Jan. 26, 2018
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.

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

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.

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.