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.


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How to Get Involved

Rent USGIF’s Portable Planet

Portable Planet is a 35-by-26-foot vinyl map designed for children and teachers to walk on, explore its many features, and complete geography and geospatial activities on. Portable Planet is produced and owned by USGIF, and is rented out to schools as an educational tool in assisting with curriculum in geography. Additionally, USGIF created cross-disciplinary, hands-on activities for educators to conduct on the map.

Learn how to rent the map


Bring Intro to GEOINT to a Local School

Anytime
Nationwide
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 lindsay.mitchell@usgif.org.


Classroom Resources

USGIF has created a number of user-friendly GEOINT resources for teachers to easily integrate in their classrooms, as well as for volunteers to take to a school.

View classroom and online resources

Upcoming Events & Activities

STEAM Family Day

July 14
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151
The Udvar-Hazy Center Is hosting a free STEAM Family Day where there will be many hands-on aerospace activities for families to participate in. USGIF will have a build-your-own-satellite activity where children can learn about satellites, how to analyze imagery, and build their own satellite. Attend with your family!

Past Events

Click to see events USGIF has hosted and participated in to engage K-12 students in GEOINT.