Friday, April 5, 2013

Getting a Head Start

      The WC GIS summer camp does more than offer great teaching and a fun time; in some cases it has recruited some of our most talented interns. Austen Richards, now a junior at Kent Island High School, attended the 2012 Geospatial Discoveries Summer Program. After learning 3D modeling in Google SketchUp, Austen was offered a position in the lab as a summer intern where he was assigned to a project building a 3D Model of the Chestertown area.

      “Throughout that summer I was learning Google SketchUp, Unity and Autodesk 3DS, and I am now taking Technical Drafting and 3D modeling classes at my high school. I am having a blast,” said Austen. As a student at Kent Island High School, Austen is also a member of the National Honor Society, 2014 Class Vice-President, Son of the American Legion, and participates in Queen Anne’s County “Teen Court” program. He is enrolled in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pathway at Kent Island High School and plans to major in Engineering while enrolled in College.

      “Working in the lab has been one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was I hired to work on a computer all day, but I worked with the best collection of people I have ever come across. Everyone in the lab has their area of expertise and no matter what you need help with, everyone is willing to help. Mr. Bruce and other staff members in the GIS program have encouraged me to pursue classes in 3D visualization and design. Needless to say, GIS has changed my life for the better,” said Austen.

      He is currently taking Technical Drafting II at Kent Island High, in which he is using Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Revit. Both of which are software very similar to the programs used by WC GIS. “Without GIS technology, we would not have the immensely cool mapping we see in plots, presentations and Google Maps. This technology is a glimpse of what the future has to bring. After my summer at Washington College and a year of design classes, I have considered pursuing a career in Geospacial Mapping or 3D computer modeling,” said Austen.

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