Registration is now open for Delaware’s third annual GIS Day field trip for fifth grade students. The GeoEducation in Delaware subcommittee of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee will host fifth grade classes from around the state on Wednesday, November 17 at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, for a variety of activities designed to create awareness and enhance the students’ GIS knowledge and how GIS affects everyday life.
Students will enjoy hands-on opportunities including the Earth Balloon from the Delaware Children’s Museum, a flight simulator, and other activities relating to working with GIS/GPS systems and compass navigation.
GIS Day is the Wednesday of National Geography Awareness Week, which is part of the National Geographic’s My Wonderful World campaign:
Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to Geo-Literacy and the importance of geographic understanding in ensuring our nation’s economic competitiveness, national security, environmental sustainability, and the livability of our communities in the 21st century.
Activities for each school will last approximately three hours. School arrivals will be staggered throughout the day to accommodate as many classes as possible. The GIS Day field trip is an equal opportunity event and is free to Delaware schools. Schools must provide their own transportation.
Registration is on a “first submitted, first served” basis and is limited to 100 students from each county. More information and a registration form (PDF) are available on the GeoEducation in Delaware web site.