Eureka Springs EAST Students Host Advanced GIS Class

   

Eureka Springs EAST Students Host Advanced GIS Class
12/18/2009 8:55:21 AM

Eureka Springs EAST was one of four EAST Programs across the country selected for a free advanced GIS class, funded by EAST Initiative Inc.

Eureka Springs High School EAST students hosted an advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) training class at their EAST Lab with University of Arkansas Center of Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) GIS Education Specialist Robyn Dennis conducting the full day session. Eureka Springs EAST was one of four EAST Programs across the country selected to have the free advanced GIS class, which was funded by EAST Initiative Inc.

The EAST students, Cassady, James, Jesse and Joey, are currently working on the following mapping projects: School District (school bus routes and new High School building), Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, and a Revised 911 ID Map Binder. With Ms. Dennis' guidance, the EAST students learned additional skills using ESRI's ArcGIS software, specifically 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, georeferencing, map grids, and the very valuable Clip Tool.

The mapping projects will create more comprehensive and analytical school bus routes maps, contour and elevation maps for the proposed new High School building, emergency routes maps for the Hobbs Park's hiking trails and a more convenient and accessible 911 ID Map Binder for the Police Department.

The EAST Initiative is a nonprofit organization that provides new ways of learning for modern students. EAST focuses on student-driven service projects through the use of the latest in technology. The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), located at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), focuses on research, education, outreach, and applications in geomatics, including GIS, geospatial analysis and modeling, high density survey, enterprise spatial databases, remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial interoperability and other areas. Much of CAST's research efforts involve new approaches to spatial data and the development of new methodologies for analysis of these data.

Arkansas's largest state park in land area, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (HSPCA) covers 12,045 acres along the southern shores of 28,370-acre Beaver Lake. Twenty-two of the park's 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. The park lies between Beaver Lake to the north and War Eagle Creek to the south. It stretches across a part of Benton County southeast of Beaver Lake and extends into Madison and Carroll counties.

ESRI, located in Redlands, California, is the world leader in the design and development of geographic information system (GIS) technology.

The Eureka Springs EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Program is an elective high school class that encourages students to use advanced technologies to develop service-based projects that solve community problems.

To learn more about the Eureka Springs High School EAST Program and how you can support it, please contact EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at mlfloro@es.k12.ar.us, or, (479) 253-2936 or (479) 253-8875.

Photo 1: Eureka Springs High School EAST students hosted an advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) training class at their EAST Lab with University of Arkansas Center of Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) GIS Education Specialist Robyn Dennis conducting the full day session. Eureka Springs EAST was one of four EAST Programs selected to have the free advanced GIS class, which was funded by EAST Initiative Inc. From left: EAST students Joey, James, Jesse and Cassady, with Robyn Dennis.

Photo 2: Eureka Springs High School EAST students hosted an advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) training class at their EAST Lab with University of Arkansas Center of Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) GIS Education Specialist Robyn Dennis conducting the full day session. Eureka Springs EAST was one of four EAST Programs selected to have the free adwas funded by EAST Initiative Inc. Robyn Dennis is seen explaining to EAST students Joey, James, Jesse and Cassady how to process a School District map.

Photo 3: Eureka Springs High School EAST students hosted an advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) training class at their EAST Lab with University of Arkansas Center of Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) GIS Education Specialist Robyn Dennis conducting the full day session. Eureka Springs EAST was one of four EAST Programs selected to have the free advanced GIS class, which was funded by EAST Initiative Inc. Eureka Springs High School Principal Jack Golden observes as Robyn Dennis discusses with EAST student Joey how to improve a Hobbs Park hiking trail map.

 

 

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