Eureka Springs EAST Invites Community to GIS Day


Eureka Springs EAST Invites Community to GIS Day
11/23/2009 8:42:35 AM

Eureka Springs celebrated GIS Day at the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab November 18, 2009.

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 (November 16-20) and National Geographic Information System (GIS) Day, (November 18).


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.


Richard Schoe from Eureka Springs radio station KESA (100.9 FM) surprised everyone by conducting a live radio interview at the EAST Lab. GIS mappers James, Joey, Cassady, and Jesse answered questions about GIS Day.


EAST students planned and prepared for the entire event. James explained how maps were created using ESRI's ArcGIS 9.3.1 software for the EAST Lab's mapping projects (Fire Hydrant, 911 ID Binder, School Bus Routes, Springs and Storm Drains, New High School Building). Jesse, Will, Keaton and Kenya 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, James and Cassady demonstrated how to use their GPS (Geographic Positioning Systems) Trimble Juno rovers. Videographer Tanner and photographers Brooke and Brittni documented the entire event. Students responsible for welcoming and directing the guests were Sydney and Irene (Rotary exchange student from Taiwan) who also supervised the "Where are we in Carroll County" map game. GIS videos were played throughout the day.


Eureka Springs Elementary School's Rachal Hyatt, Tabitha Molaschi and Jennifer Roach brought their fourth grade students to discover the world. High School Health teacher Lucy Imrie and Social Science teacher Jerry Runnersmith brought their students to learn more about GIS. School Superintendent Wayne Carr stopped by and received the mappers' updates on the projects they are working for the School District: School Bus Routes and the New High School Building.


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.



Photo: Eureka Springs High School EAST students get ready for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day, which was celebrated November 18, 2009. The entire community was invited to learn how GIS mapping can benefit everyone. The EAST Program's current community mapping projects include Fire Hydrant, 911 ID Binder, School Bus Routes, Springs and Storm Drains, and New High School Building. From left (front row): James, Jesse, Keaton, Irene, Sydney, and Kenya. From left (back row): Will, Cassady, Joey, Tanner, Brooke, and Brittni.




Photo: During the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day celebration at the Eureka Springs High School EAST Lab, excited fourth graders line up to discover maps and how mapping projects benefit the community. 





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