2020 Geothermal Design Challenge for Students

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is hosting the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge: GIS Mapping Student Competition.  The design challenge focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development to foster understanding and share the benefits of geothermal energy technologies.  Student teams of two or three will use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map to discover potential opportunities from this renewable energy source.

High school (grades 9-12) and university (both undergraduate and graduate) students (full or part-time) enrolled at an accredited academic institution at the time of submission are eligible to participate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge.  The deadline to submit draft entries for compliance review is March 30, 2020.  For more info and to register, click below!

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Any questions?  Contact:

Erin Murphy
Outreach Director
Geothermal Design Challenge
(651) 587-9094

2020 SCAG Student Showcase

As part of the 2020 SCAG Student Showcase, ESRI and SCAG will be leading a free story map webinar training this Friday, March 6th at 10am. This training is available for students interested in competing or learning more about story maps. The competition is open to currently enrolled students at universities/colleges within the SCAG region, as well as those alumni that graduated from college within the last 12 months. For more information about the competition please see the PDF.

To RSVP to the webinar training, please visit the following link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-webinar

Other important dates for the Student Showcase include:

  • March 16: Abstracts due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

  • March 30: Final projects due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

Examples of Storymaps from past participants:

  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Evaluating Tax Increment Financing Tools
  • The Environmental Injustice that Homeless Face
  • Bicycling in Southern California

Once again we are very excited for this opportunity to work with students throughout the SCAG region. Please pass this information along to your students in the best way you see fit. Feel free to reach out to Lyle Janicek at janicek@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1966 with any questions you may have.

GeoInquiries

Teachers of a variety of subjects and grade levels who would like to incorporate maps into their classroom activities may want to check out ESRI’s GeoInquiries, a collection of short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based content found in commonly used textbooks. You will find a library of activities organized by topic, with each topic containing 15-20 different activities. Each GeoInquiry activity includes a teachers’ guide in PDF format, an interactive webmap, and an optional worksheet for students. Most activities are Level 1, which are “activities that teach standards-based content without a login to or installation of ArcGIS Online.” Some topics also offer Level 2 activities that use ArcGIS Online analysis tools. Those new to using GeoInquiries should be sure to read through the guide Getting to Know GeoInquiries, which is linked in the introductory paragraph on the collection’s main page. Check it out!

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Today: Implementing Open Geography Education Webinar

Open Education Global (OEG), an international network for open education, recently announced Adam Dastrup, Professor of Geosciences at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), won OEG’s prestigious Open Geography award. In 2014, Adam Dastrup started the Open Geography Education initiative as a way to provide educators with OER textbooks to students. The philosophy of the initiative is to provide open resources, products and services to anybody interested in learning about the earth, its places and the relationships between people and their environments.

In this webinar you will:

  • Learn How the initiative began
  • See Examples of Textbooks
  • Explore implementation

The webinar will be today, Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM PST.  Click here to register for the webinar.

GIS at College of the Canyons

Looking to fill a beginning GIS requirement?  Then come join me at College of the Canyons this Spring 2020 semester and sign up for GIS 101, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.  I promise you the class will be challenging and rewarding!  Also, your earned units are UC/CSU transferable.

GIS 101 is filling up fast, so register for the Spring 2020 semester as soon as possible.  The class is a hybrid class, so there is an online component as well as meeting in person.  The class will meet at the Valencia campus every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:35pm, February 11 to June 2.

Feel free to contact me, Michael Carson (michael.carson@canyons.edu), if you have any questions.  More info on the GIS 101 class can be found here.