Woods Hole GIS Users Group Participates in 8th Grade Science Classes
Throughout the 2000-'01 academic year, the Woods Hole Field Center (WHFC) GIS Users Group participated
in a monthly outreach program with 8th grade physical science classes taught by Ms. Lynn Parks at the
Lawrence School, Falmouth, MA. As an extension of ESRI's National GIS DAY, the outreach quickly turned
into an initiative to visit each of Ms. Parks' classes, one class per month. The visit included a
10-minute Microsoft PowerPoint presentation explaining GIS and how the WHFC uses GIS in our seafloor-mapping
activities. The students were engaged in thinking about how different types of geographic information
affected their lives.
and Erika Hammar-Klose of the USGS WHFC talk with Lawrence School students about
aerial photography and geographic data.
Following the presentation, the students were divided into two groups. One learned about GPS technology
through the use of a laptop computer equipped with ESRI tracking software, USGS ortho-photo-quads of the
school grounds, and a Garmin GPS unit. The students were tasked with navigating to a specific location
on the school grounds (usually a car in the parking lot). At the start of the exercise, an aerial photo
of the school grounds underlay their GPS location point and the point the students had to find. They
thought the exercise was going to be easy until we removed the photo and talked about navigating with
GPS at sea. They were amazed at how much harder it was to navigate without landmarks!
The second group remained indoors and focused on map-making using aerial photography and infrastructure
data from the Town of Falmouth. The students enjoyed locating their homes and favorite hangouts. The
Town of Falmouth data also gave the students an idea of what goes into making a map and helped them
visualize how we use data layers. After about 20 minutes, the groups switched exercises.
Lawrence school students navigate
across school grounds with ESRI tracking software and a Garmin GPS unit.
Throughout the year, the following WHFC members of the USGS Coastal and Marine Program have participated
in the Lawrence School outreach: VeeAnn Cross, Jane Denny, Andrew Fox, Sarah Fuller, Ben Gutierrez,
Erika Hammar-Klose, Jenna Hill, Tammie Middleton, Courtney Schupp, and Glynn Williams. Our plan is to
continue this partnership with the Lawrence School in the future, making more visits to the physical science
classes to talk about the use of GIS in geologic and oceanographic research.
in this issue:
Mapping Puget Sound
Biscayne Nat'l Park
Glacier Bay Cruise
GIS Group Teaches Science
Geologic Discipline EMAC
Closing the Circle
NAGT Summer Interns
Woods Hole Interns
Jerry Parker Memorial
Gaye Farris Re-Elected to STC Exec Board
"Natural Gas Hydrates" Book
July Publications List