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Students Prep for Dam Failure and other Education GIS Tidbits

Thursday, May 24th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

Students from Indian Hills Community College [Iowa] Geo-spatial Technology class worked with the Army Corps of Engineers at Red Rock. The group made six maps utilizing data from the Corps of Engineers, Mahaska County GIS Coordinator Brian Knudtson, along with data from the Iowa Geological Survey of the Iowa Dept of Natural Resources.

The purpose of the maps was to help better prepare for a hypothetical failure at the Red Rock Dam. Wanting to tackle a major project, the class saw this as a way to demonstrate the skills they have gained.

- Oskaloosa News

The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.

Plan ahead: registration opens Sept 2012 with projects due Dec 2012.

- website

GeoEducation in Delaware, a subcommittee of Delaware Geographic Data Committee, sponsors an annual competition, which asked students to map an adventure in their community. Three eighth graders told the story of barrel No. 371's train trip from Norfolk to Georgetown and finally Lewes to take the win in their division. They won McDonald's gift certificates and their school recieved GIS software.

- Cape Gazette

The finals of the National Gegoraphic Geography Bee are tonight on the NatGeo Channel. Does this promote geo-literacy?

- NPR

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