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Summer Week at Cayuga CC Combines Outdoor Exploration, GPS, and Computer Labs for Grades 6 – 9

DATE: 05-21-2008

This summer students in grades six through nine will gather at Cayuga Community College in Auburn to spend a week learning high-tech skills used in the field, in the lab – and even in space – to better understand our world.

From Monday through Friday, July 7 to 11, the college will team with the NASA-sponsored Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technologies to offer a GIS Summer Camp.

There, students will gain hands-on experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the global positioning system (GPS), and remote sensing (aerial and satellite imagery). Working with professional staff, participants will apply sophisticated digital analysis to real-world issues.

The students' days, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will feature training in GIS software at the college's computer lab and outdoor exploration and data collection in supervised field teams. Each student will receive a GPS device to use during the week and then take home to keep.

Students will also learn about the history and environmental issues surrounding their field data site. Using their new GIS software skills, student teams will map environmental factors that have an impact on the site.

"Geospatial technologies are changing the way people view the world," says Amy Work, education coordinator for IAGT. "This is one of today's fastest growing career fields, and the GIS Summer Camp gives students a real opportunity to explore it."

Space for participants is limited, so early registration is recommended. The cost of the camp is $300; limited scholarships, based on financial need, are available for New York State students who demonstrate an interest in GIS. For more information contact Amy Work at 315-252-8669.