Authors: Sara Peluso*, University of Central Florida, Amber Rutstein*, Citizen Science GIS
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: GIS, Maps, Apps, Drones, Education, STEAM, STEM
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download
Geospatial technology careers are fast-growing and in high-demand, yet many K-12 students are unaware of the careers and lack exposure to geospatial technologies. The Maps, Apps and Drones Tour is an educational program run by the University of Central Florida’s Citizen Science GIS team. The main goal of the tour is to empower students to engage with geospatial science and technology at a young age. The tour is currently centered around elementary and middle schools in Seminole, Orange and Volusia County in Florida. The tour teaches K-12 students about the importance of geospatial sciences and how they can be used in their lives and future careers. The program offers an array of curriculum-based activities for students to learn about maps, apps and drones. Students learn to fly mini drones over pre- and post disaster Lego communities and through an obstacle course to simulate real-world drone flight in the field. Students also create maps using drone imagery on paper maps as a base layer to learn about cartography and map design. An augmented reality sandbox also facilitates lessons about community planning, erosion, and natural disasters. Based on the success and reach of the Maps, Apps, and Drones tour to date, the Citizen Science GIS team has exciting plans to reach an even broader audience moving forward.