NEISD students discover the world through GIS
When pre-AP World Geography students from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy attended the GIS Day event at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on November 14, they participated in a world-wide initiative to highlight the uses of Geographic Information Systems ( GIS). Students from the Engineering and Technologies Academy (ETA) and the International School of the Americas (ISA) also participated.
The event provided students with an opportunity to see the uses of the software they will begin to use in class in the weeks ahead. ETA already has GIS courses implemented, and ISA and STEM students will incorporate GIS principles in their curriculum.
In addition to exploring the map gallery and visiting with exhibitors from Pape-Dawson, Time Warner, SAPD, and many others, students attended presentations to learn how GIS is used to map caves, survey lands, and provide information on geospatial services for US Army Energy Initiatives. The main presenter for GIS Day, KABB Chief Meteorologist Alex Garcia, described the applications of GIS in forecasting the weather, managing wildfires, and in recreating weather patterns for pilots.
"We can also archive data", said Garcia, as he explained how GIS data can be used to determine where F5 tornadoes are likely to develop.
Student Ambrosio Garza asked Garcia why he became involved in GIS and he explained that he teaches related courses at the University of the Incarnate Word. Students also spoke with professionals who answered questions about GIS software, how to prepare for jobs in related fields, and how GIS is used by city offices.
Javier Flores, who has been in STEM since sixth grade, said he was able to find out about potential jobs and now had more choices about fields to pursue after attending the event.
Posted on November 16, 2012