GIS Day for Schools

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Snohomish County is celebrating GIS Day on November 18, 2015 8am – 4pm.  

Our goal is to provide local area students with a broadened view of how geography is applied in the real world and introduce them to STEM skills that can lead to careers in:  
  • Climate Science
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • Conservation Biology
  • Urban Planning
  • Human Geography
  • Military
  • Oceanography
  • Archaeology
  • Environmental Science
  • Business Applications and many more
The GIS Day exhibition at Snohomish County will include maps, interactive applications, posters, presentations, and other educational material prepared by GIS Analysts from several County departments, as well as cities and utility agencies within the County, for students to interact with and explore at our campus in downtown Everett.  We hope to introduce kids to the world of Geographic Information Systems by giving them a chance to explore the profession from a planning, permitting, Information Technology, environmental science, emergency management, and 911 routing aspect, to name a few.  Geographic Information Systems is not only about Geography, but encompasses a vast array of computer programming skills including Python and Java, the .Net platform, as well as database query languages such as SQL.

Geographic Information Systems is comprised of multiple facets from satellites to GPS units to GIS software and GIS Day is celebrated worldwide by members of the GIS profession including National Geographic. 

The following websites and videos explain GIS more in depth for educators and provide excellent ideas to engage student curiosity and learning, in the event that you don't find it feasible to attend GIS Day this year. 

We are reaching out to Middle School and High School groups interested in sending any classes on a field trip to expand their horizons and learn more about how geography is applied in government and other industries. 

Register here for GIS Day 2015.