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K-12 Outreach

Geospatial education initiatives bring location-specific learning to K-12 classrooms in Georgia. Faculty and student outreach teams conduct field experiences for young students, lead geospatial technology demos at middle and high schools, and coordinate GIS opportunities with collaborating industry partners and local schools.

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ESRI, the leading software provider of geospatial technology, offers free software to K-12 schools and lesson plans and geospatial activities through their ConnectEd Program. This is the same software used by students enrolled at IESA@UNG with many IESA classes which will prepare future IESA majors for the technology skills needed to be successful in college.


GLOBE resource site for teachers allows you access to download materials; such as, lesson plans, downloadable PDFs, and protocols to conduct field studies, lab work combined with theoretical info on topics related to Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, Pedosphere (Soil), Earth as a System, and GPS.

GIS Competition and Awards for K-12 Students

IESA, in collaboration, with the Georgia GIS Coordinating Committee (GISCC) and ESRI, coordinate a GIS Competition program for students in grades 4 through 12. If you are a teacher of students in grades 4-12 and wish for your school to participate in this program, please email Dr. Allison Bailey at with your school, class, and contact information.

Georgia students who are participating in the state competition must submit their projects in AGOL by May 1, 2018 and have the teachers email a list of student submissions with project titles by the same date. This will aid IESA in assigning judges to each student submission. Announcement of state winners for Georgia will be made by May 17, 2018. Teachers may request a copy of the scoring rubric for feedback to share with students. Students or parents may not request feedback directly, but seek assistance from the teacher who mentored the student.

About the Competition

  1. Students in grades 4-12, in teams of 1 or 2, do a custom project, then create a web app or story map about their project, and submit it to school. Here are simple steps to learn how to get started on creating your Story Map.
  2. Teachers at each school choose the school's 5 best and submit them to the state.
  3. Participating states pick their 5 best HS and 5 best MS, award $100 to each, pick 1 of each 5 for national competition, send info on all 10 to ESRI.
  4. ESRI makes participation map, chooses 1 HS and 1 MS team for top prizes.
  5. Top HS and top MS go to Esri Education GIS Conf and present their map in ESRI UC Map Gallery. ESRI provides a travel stipend for the winning student, 1 parent, and/or 1 teacher to attend the national competition in California. 

Schedule a School Visit

Email Dr. Allison Bailey, Associate Professor, to schedule a visit to your school.

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