The Geospatial STEM Academy: An Interactive Workshop for Florida Teachers (5th-8th grades) With an Emphasis on Our Coasts & Community Engagement

Tuesday June 6, 2017 @ University of Central Florida

Maps, apps, and drones! Geospatial technologies (geographic information systems, mapping, GPS, location-based services on phones and tablets, and drones) are powerful tools for youth and community engagement. In this free teacher workshop, we will provide an overview of some of the ways student learning and engagement can occur with these technologies, and we will challenge teachers to brainstorm creative uses of these technologies in their own classrooms.  This is not your standard teacher workshop.  “The Geospatial STEM Academy teacher workshop should be an incredible day to learn and collaborate with other teachers as we work together to showcase the power of geospatial technologies in society and along the coast of Florida as well,” said Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, assistant professor of GIS and workshop facilitator.  We’ll keep the lecturing to a minimum and focus on interactive activities teachers can do with their students.  This will include working with online and mobile mapping applications and flying mini-drones!!!

“We are thrilled to host this interactive, hands-on teacher workshop.  Teachers can expect to have fun while engaging with technologies their students probably already use on a daily basis, but don’t even realize they are using!  GIS, mobile mapping apps, and location-based services play a huge role in our daily lives –from traffic apps like Waze or Google Maps to finding nearby restaurants on Google or Tripadvisor.  And drones are everywhere right now. We’ll fly them in this workshop.  It’s interesting because drones are often marketed as toys to consumers, but they have a huge research and education potential,” said Hawthorne.

Apply now to this free workshop by filling out the Google Form at:

Application Deadline: May 16, 2017 (spots are going fast, apply now).  Share with your fellow teachers on social media with #citizensciencegis.

Questions: Contact Dr. Timothy Hawthorne, Assistant Professor of GIS, University of Central Florida at or 407.823.1030.

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