Friday, February 26, 2010

Geospatial Technology Summer Camp

By: Smaa Koryam ‘13

During the time period June 20th - 26th, the GIS lab at Washington College will be hosting a Computer Mapping Technology Summer Camp. Computer mapping technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offer great professional opportunities for the future. For this reason, Washington College has designed the summer camp to expose students to the field, allowing them to apply skills and address real community issues. During this exciting and stimulating week, students will engage in A Day in the Field, where they will collect data and from it derive a project, which they will later present to their family and fellow campers. Along with this, campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as kayaking, swimming, and the grand GIS scavenger hunts. If interested please go to and download the appropriate forms or contact GIS Educator Samantha Bulkilvish for questions or concerns.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Digital Education

By Nich Tremper ‘13

The Washington College Geographic Information Systems lab has continued its commitment to provide education to students today to make them competitive in the geospatial workforce of tomorrow through the Geospatial Education Technology Initiative (GetIT). The curriculum is taught through an online classroom called Moodle. Our Moodle program currently moved to a new more user friendly, website (, that is used by WC students in GIS classes, adult professionals utilizing distance learning and K-12 schools throughout the country. Our new website allows these students easier access to our staff and other means of assistance as they go through the curriculum.

Through a renewal of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) grant we are able to offer quality education in GIS to Maryland adults who want to begin learning (or continue learning) about GIS.

Our program also developed a way to help K-12 schools across America. The GetIT program allows teachers to use our curriculum to teach GIS to their students; however the program is designed to be easier for teachers to introduce data from their own areas to make GIS more applicable to their students.

The site has a guest accessible section featuring our special topics courses.

This is an incredible feat and none of it would be possible without the hard work of our student interns; Heather Black ‘13, Otto Borden 13’, Anna Burress ‘13, Glenn Chew 13’, Joe DeStefano ‘13, Caroline Grier ‘10, Andrew Hale ‘10, Elise Keller ‘10, Smaa Koraym 13’, Nich Tremper ‘13 and Megan Wise ‘10.

Our New Training Site

Screen Capture from Digitizing Lesson