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

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

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

STEMulate St. Louis

Oct. 17
St. Louis, MO

Join USGIF October 17th for our STEMulate St. Louis event in Cook Hall at Saint Louis University! Come learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from companies based in St. Louis. This FREE event will have activities for all ages to include giant maps, puzzles, 3D mapping, a thermal imaging camera, and a STEM Career Panel.
RSVP to attend.

LCPS Job For A Day

Nov. 5
Northern Virginia

USGIF is partnering with Loudoun County Public Schools’ Job For A Day Program where LCPS students have the opportunity to shadow at various USGIF Organizational Members to learn about the business and the role they play in the GEOINT Community.

GeoPlunge St. Louis

Nov. 14
St. Louis, MO

USGIF is supporting NGA with a GeoPlunge Tournament on GIS Day!

STEM Night

Nov. 15
Moorefield Station Elementary

USGIF is participating in Moorefield Station’s annual STEM Night with a fun activity that promotes GEOINT.

Past Events

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