Eureka Springs EAST Hosts GIS Day 2010


Eureka Springs EAST Hosts GIS Day 2010
8/14/2013 4:38:03 PM

Students showcase how GIS mapping can benefit the community.

Eureka Springs celebrated GIS Day at the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab. GIS Day is where Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users such as schools, businesses and governments, open their doors to the general public to showcase how GIS mapping can benefit the community. Through the Eureka Springs EAST Program’s efforts, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Eureka Springs Mayor Dani Gay signed proclamations to honor Geographic Awareness Week and National Geographic Information System (GIS) Day.

The EAST Program had over 100 guests which included students from the Eureka Springs School District, community leaders, emergency personnel, interested citizens and parents. Everyone enjoyed the map gallery made up of community mapping projects and Earth views.

EAST students planned and prepared for the entire event. James explained how maps were created using ESRI’s GIS software for the EAST Lab’s mapping projects (City Land Use, Fire Hydrant, 911 ID Binder, School Bus Routes). Cassady and Keaton supervised the mapping games and puzzles. Prizes included mouse pads, stickers, pencils, pins, posters and books which were donated by ESRI, the leading GIS software developer in the world. Joey and Heath demonstrated how to use their GPS (Geographic Positioning Systems) Trimble Juno rovers. GIS videos were played throughout the day.

High School Coach Nolan Helder, Health teacher Lucy Imrie, English teacher Kathy Remenar, History teacher Jerry Runnersmith, and Math teacher Nancy Stainer brought their students to learn more about GIS. High School Principal Kathy Lavender and Guidance Counselor Lisa Plagge stopped by for mapping project updates.

GIS Day is principally sponsored around the world by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geological Survey, The Library of Congress, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett–Packard, and ESRI. ESRI designs and develops the world's leading geographic information system (GIS) technology. Trimble, best known for GPS technology, is a leading provider of advanced positioning solutions.

The EAST Program is an elective high school class that encourages students to use advanced technologies to solve community problems. For more information about the EAST Program and how you can help support it, please contact Mila Lynne Floro at, or at (479) 253-2936.





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