Past K-12 Events
Take a look at some of the events USGIF has hosted and participated in to engage K-12 students in GEOINT.
GEOINT & Geometry
Seneca Ridge High School, Sterling, VA
Intro to GEOINT
Creighton’s Corner Elementary, Ashburn, VA
GeoPlunge D.C. Tournament
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
SDSquared Science Saturday
OGSystems, Chantilly, VA
USGIF participated in the Sliding Doors STEM and Dyslexia (SDSquared) Science Saturday event by bringing its Portable Planet map. SDSquared is leading a movement to develop future STEM leaders by building confidence in students with dyslexia and equipping educators to help them learn.
Intro to GEOINT
Creighton’s Corner Elementary, Aldie, VA
Moorefield Station Elementary
USGIF participated in Moorefield Station’s annual STEM Night by bringing Portable Planet. Students and their families got to explore the map while doing a coordinates scavenger hunt activity.
USGIF partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools’ Job For A Day Program where LCPS students had 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
USGIF supported NGA with a GeoPlunge Tournament on GIS Day in St. Louis.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. hosted a free STEAM Family Day where there were many hands-on aerospace activities for families to participate in. USGIF had a build-your-own-satellite activity where children could learn about satellites and build their own.
2018 STEM Showcase: Celebrating Fearless Women in STEM
USGIF and its volunteers exhibited at Altamira’s event in helping promote STEM career fields for the younger generation in the Dayton, Ohio community.
Epic Coding Adventure
Third and fourth grade students used USGIF’s Portable Planet to code Lego WeDo robots to go on a North American road trip, visiting some of the continent’s biggest geographical attractions.
USGIF and YPG assisted with judging a GeoPlunge DC tournament. GeoPlunge is a geography-based card game where K-12 students compete in teams while testing their knowledge about the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.