4-H Geospatial Science
4-H'ers are having a blast exploring geospatial sciences from simple Geocaching (using GPS receivers to look for hidden treasure boxes all around the world) to complex community mapping projects. New local clubs are forming as a result of a generous grant opportunity sponsored by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
. The result is 4-H'ers are learning to use Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to collect spatial data, plot results on detailed maps, and provide useful resources to community planners. CCE Staff may check out GPS equipment by contacting Susan Hoskins at firstname.lastname@example.org
4-H'ers are making a difference in their communities with valuable projects using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. See some sample stories:
- New York Geographic Alliance Newsletter.pdf: A copy of the NYGA newsletter describing their involvement with the 4-H Geospatial Sciences booth at the Great New York State Fair.
- Ontario County Geoseekers: A short video clip from the Geoseekers 4-H Club from Ontario County, sharing how and why they completed a fire hydrant mapping project for the Town of Manchester, NY.
- Healthy Dining at the New York State Fair - 4-H Youth used GIS skills to create a map of all the healthy eateries at the NYS fair. 4-H'ers demonstrated skills to Cornell University President David Skorton and his son.
- Ontario County Supports Geospatial Literacy
- Climbing Aconcagua
Our own Cornell IRIS faculty, Susan Hoskins, was invited by NASA to attend the launch of the most recent Landsat on February 12, 2013 in California. Check out some valuable links, related to the Landsat Launch:
Land Sat overview &
Watch video of the Launch
Photos of the Launch
Dynamic visual images of current satellite orbit paths
Landsat Look Viewer
Grants and awards are available to provide 4-H Clubs access to GIS technology and to improve use in 4-H Clubs. Find out more: http://www.esri.com/
4-H Community mapping partners are collaborators who are helping to make funding, educational resources and further partnerships possible. Many thanks to:
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