Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memoirs of a Marketing Team

     The GIS Marketing Team is heavily invested in the community as an extension of the GIS lab. At the beginning of this school year, the GIS Marketing team was developed as a brand new sector of the GIS program. “A lot of the year was trial and error,” said Marketing Team Captain Olivia Hanley. “Our team took what we already knew about social media and marketing and implemented that knowledge into whatever task we were given. With Stew’s assistance and confidence in our team, we eventually acquired ‘clients.’ It is our job to monitor their social media sites and gain as much social media presences as possible.”
     The Marketing Team’s work is continuous because new skills are constantly being learned and perfected. Team members must also keep up with the pace of the current social media world. “We have made a great deal of progress since the beginning of the year,” said Olivia. “In the coming years, we plan to grow as a team and further define precise marketing plans for each client we obtain.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

GIS Supports Eat Local Efforts

Lea Delfs

     The Washington College GIS Lab is currently working on updating the Upper Shore Harvest Directory which will formally launch in May 2013. Lea Delfs, an international exchange student from the University of Tuebingen in Germany, has been working on this project throughout the semester. Lea supports eating locally grown food because it is healthier than buying food at the supermarket, it helps to improve the environment by reducing the amount of emissions released into the air, and it helps sustain and improve the local economy.

      The Upper Shore Harvest Directory is a brochure and new interactive website helping to connect residents of Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties in Maryland with local producers of sustainable agricultural products and services. The directory helps people find local businesses such as fruit and vegetable farms, fishing charters, restaurants, and many more. It promotes both environmental and economic sustainability by encouraging residents to keep their money in the community and reduce their carbon footprints by choosing local businesses.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dover High School Utilizes WC GIS Curriculum

     The Washington College GIS lab wanted to create a curriculum and make it available to public and privates schools with students of all ages, including K-12 programs. This program introduces students to the many skills that they will need if they want to continue studying GIS. Dover High School of Pennsylvania has been working with WC GIS for at least six years. Collaboration began after Mr. Benton met WC GIS director Stew Bruce at a GIS training course.

     Members of the WC GIS staff worked together to create this curriculum with ESRI and the Maryland Department of Education. Stew divided the work between different staff members to create one program. The overall goal in creating this curriculum was to provide a way for schools to offer GIS courses to their students free of charge. This alternative curriculum, as opposed to ones that can be very expensive, provides the same opportunities to schools that may not be able to afford programs like this otherwise. This curriculum is available online and is a great way for schools to help their students of all backgrounds to expand their education. This curriculum is offered to students in grades K-12. Elementary school students learn the basic concepts of GIS such as how to read a map and what the different parts of a map are like the compass and the legend.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Classroom to Town: Youngest in Class Tackles Projects for Future Use

     Stephen McFall is the youngest student currently enrolled in Intermediate GIS, a course taught on the WC campus by GIS Director Stew Bruce. Steve has been working at the WC GIS lab since he came to campus in the fall. Each student enrolled in the class is working on an extensive project that must be completed by the end of the semester.

      Steve generally works on 3D projects in the lab as well as MapStory Foundation projects, but for this project he wanted to try something different. For his semester long assignment, Stew suggested that he compile information into maps to be given to the Greater Baden Medical Services. This seemed interesting, so Steve began working.