USGIF to Host Orlando Elementary Schools and National Geographic Map at GEOINT 2016

April 29, 2016

USGIF will host 90 fifth grade students at GEOINT 2016 providing special booth tours in the exhibit hall and offering education about mapping and GEOINT. Participating students will be from Celebration and Flora Ridge Elementary Schools in the Orlando area, and will attend GEOINT 2016 on the mornings of Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, respectively.

As a way of expanding USGIF’s educational outreach to K-12 students USGIF has rented National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of the Pacific Ocean for the Symposium, part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map program. The map is 25 feet by 35 feet and illustrates the Pacific Ocean, Australia, neighboring islands, and parts of Asia, North America, and South America. The Giant Traveling Map program introduces geography and map reading skills to children K-8, and helps them learn more about the world in a fun and interactive way.

The students who take part in the program at GEOINT 2016 will learn what GEOINT is, participate in basic geography and satellite imagery analysis activities on the giant map, and tour the exhibit hall to visit the booths pre-selected exhibitors.

The map will be located in the rotunda of the Gaylord Palms Convention Center, located just outside the exhibit hall entrance by the escalators. When the students are not using the giant map, attendees are also encouraged to walk on and explore the map.

Visit the Giant Traveling Maps program webpage to learn how your organization can sponsor sending the giant map to a school in your area.