K-12 Program at GEOINT 2018 Symposium

K-12 Program at GEOINT 2018 Symposium

April 11, 2018

Nearly 140 K-12 students from the Tampa Bay area will have the unique opportunity to engage in STEM activities during the GEOINT 2018 Symposium at the Tampa Convention Center this month. Eighth grade students from Stewart Middle School in Tampa and fifth graders from Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg will attend, as well as JROTC cadets from various high schools in Hillsborough County.

USGIF will also debut an interactive map of North America at the Symposium: USGIF’s Portable Planet. The 35-by-26 foot map is an educational tool that not only teaches K-8 students about maps and geography but also allows them to practice critical thinking, spatial analysis, and teamwork skills.

Though the symposium is primarily targeted to career officials in the defense, intelligence, and homeland security sectors—to include attracting many attendees from the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command—USGIF makes a strong effort to give back to the local community and educate students on the exciting applications of these technologies.

“We have a wonderful program planned for Tampa students this year,” said Lindsay Mitchell, USGIF’s lead educational manager. “By interacting with technology demonstrations and participating in interactive map activities, the children will be encouraged to think about how GEOINT is used in their everyday lives. They will also learn about the many career opportunities that require GEOINT knowledge and skills.”

View the full K-12 agenda


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