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IGIC Geomentoring Project collaboration with Cedar Falls 4th Grade Teachers

Posted April 20, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

The GeoTREE Center and the Geographic Alliance of Iowa, both based in the UNI Geography Department, collaborated on a Iowa Geographic Information Council funded geomentoring mini-grant. Jacob Thiele, a senior undergraduate Social Sciences Education major, worked with GeoTREE and GAI to develop a series of story maps which were used to supplement materials being used by 4th grade teachers in the Cedar Falls School District. The story maps helped to visualize and teach regional geography of the United States. 4th grade teachers from Orchard Hill, Southdale, and Hansen Elementary schools used these story maps and found them to be useful. Some comments from 4th Grade students from Hansen Elementary included 'They help you figure out where important places are', 'the pictures help me to understand better', and 'I like how some videos, some have pictures, and others are interesting to read about'.

Check USA Regional Story Maps if you would like to get the links to the story maps. 

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IGIC Workshops and Presentations

Posted April 20, 2015, 4:24 p.m.

 GeoTREE Center student research assistants Lucie Ostlund and Alex Newkirk and Director John DeGroote attended and presented at the biannual Iowa Geographic Information Council Meeting in Pella, Iowa in April. Lucie and Alex presented a poster concerning work they have done using GIS for urban stormwater modeling in the Dry Run Creek Watershed in Cedar Falls, Iowa. John presented two half-day workshops to approximately 25 total participants from local and state agencies as well as private companies. The workshops were Beginner and Intermediate Python for ArcGIS.

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