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Maine GIS Programs for Kids, Teachers & Leaders

Maine Universities with GIS Outreach Programs

GIS Web Links for Teachers

Examples of posters & maps done by middle & high school students in Maine & around the country.


Maine GIS Programs for Kids, Teachers & Leaders

Maine Learning Technology Initiative (http://www.maine.gov/mlti/) contact Jim Wells 461-4812 / jwells@mlti.org

Center for Communty GIS (http://www.community-gis.org/) Stephen Engle 778-0900 / sengle@community-gis.org

Maine 4H: Find your county 4H office at this address: http://extension.umaine.edu/counties.htm

Maine Geographic Alliance at University of Maine- Farmington (http://www.ngsednet.org/community/index.cfm?community_id=494) contact Sue Lahti 778-7442 / susan_lahti@beeline-online.net

Island Institute CREST Project (http://crest.islandinstitute.org/index.asp) contact Hope Rowan 594-9209 ext. 134 / hrowan@islandinstitute.org

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Maine Universities with GIS Outreach Programs

GIS Laboratory & Service Center at University of Maine at Machais (http://www.umm.maine.edu/gis/) Contact Tora or Angela Brady 255-1214 / giscenter@maine.edu

GIS Program at University of Maine at Presque Isle (http://www.umpi.maine.edu/~wangc/GIS_program/UMPI_GIS.htm) contact Chunzeng Wang 768-9412 / chunzeng.wang@umpi.edu or Mark Matson 473-4056 / mmatson@ainop.com

GIS Laboratory at University of Southern Maine (http://www.usm.maine.edu/gis/) contact Vinton Valentine 228-8455 / vvalentine@usm.maine.edu

Other Maine colleges and universities support local projects and offer courses and workshops. Click here to see a list of Maine institutions of higher education that offer GIS course, programs and services.

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GIS Web Links for Teachers

Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience. Teaching materials aimed at getting you started. http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/index.html

ESRI’s page for k-12 teachers, including lessons, support and links. http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/index.html

ArcExplorer: ESRI's free lightweight GIS application for Mac or PC download and support. The new version has greatly expanded capabilities with a special version specifically for k-12 teachers. http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/index.html

ESRI's list of resources for teachers. http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/education/teaching.html

GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. http://www.globe.gov/globe_flash.html

GIS Lounge information for teachers. http://gislounge.com/ll/k12education.shtml

NASA K-12 Resources: http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/k12.asp

NASA's Earth Observatory Experiments are interactive lessons on remote sensing and earth science. Terrific site with lots of possible tie-ins to learning results. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Laboratory/

National Environmental Satellite Data & Information Service page for educators. http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/outreach_edu.html

Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR) is an Advanced Technological Education project funded by the National Science Foundation offering downloadable curriculum materials for use in secondary and higher education in GIS and environmental science. http://www.ncsr.org

RAIN Network's GIS site for k-12 teachers has lesson plans and activities. http://www.rain.org/gis/

Virginia 4-H GPS/GIS Curriculum and Resource pages. Great resource for teachers. http://www.ext.vt.edu/resources/4h/environment/gpsgis.html

Teacher resources at the GIT Ahead Program. http://fli.hws.edu/gitahead/teacher_resources_general_resources.html

Water on the Web offers a wealth of water-related data, both spatial and otherwise, lesson plans, tools, etc. http://wow.nrri.umn.edu/wow/index.htm

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This program is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation as a component of a three-year project designed to improve and promote geospatial technology education in Maine. Additional support comes from the Maine GIS User Group, Maine Community College System, University of Maine System and Maine Geographic Alliance.