I had the opportunity and great pleasure to meet a local teaching legend today while at the Marshville Heritage Festival. Mr. Gerry Bell – former Geography teacher and Department Head at Port Colborne High School – (it pays to wear a GoGeomatics Canada t-shirt to events). It was such an honour to meet him as I have heard so much about him and his passion for teaching geography and geospatial technologies (I had been trying to find him!)
Seems fitting then that as this post is being written it’s August 31, 2013 and the new school year is upon us. So while here in Ontario, Canada there are still two days until the new school year officially begins, the other way to look at it is that there are only 79 days until Geography Awareness Week begins – November 17 – 23, 2013, with GIS Day occurring on Wednesday, November 20. As GAW and GIS Day approaches there will definitely be more posts about it.
What I wanted to do in this post however is to inform the teachers who follow Geospatial Niagara about what we are planning to do this year (please share with you colleagues as well and encourage them to follow). Now, I am unaware of what has currently been undertaken by the local school boards in regards to Geography Awareness Week. I can only assume by my oldest not knowing anything about it last year that it may or may not be left up to the individual teachers or schools to promote. The teachers themselves may not even be aware that Geography Awareness Week even exists. Geospatial Niagara aims to change that.
We would like to get out to the schools and talk about Geography! Geospatial Niagara has been making plans with the Brock University Geography Society to get out into the community to promote geography and talk with students in Niagara schools not only about careers in geography but also what students can expect at university being a Geography major. We are also hoping to enlist the services throughout the week of geospatial professionals in the community to also visit classrooms. Geospatial Niagara seeks to promote geo-literacy and public participation through geography but we also want to build those connections between the levels of education in Niagara and between students and the professionals working in geography and the geospatial industry.
If you are a teacher in Niagara or know a teacher in Niagara who would like to arrange a school visit to your/their Geography class, PLEASE contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . The students in your class, may be the future geospatial entrepreneurs of Niagara
If you are a Geospatial professional and would like to share your passion, experience, and story with students in elementary or high school, please contact us at email@example.com
For everyone, there are a number of resources in the Links section check them out, the list is constantly growing
Most importantly, please spread the word about Geospatial Niagara so we can help spread the “Geographappiness” throughout Niagara.
Stay tuned from some exciting updates about the various projects that Geospatial Niagara is involved in. Together we can grow a geospatial economy in Niagara.
Until next time…