USGIF Celebrates Geography Awareness Week with Nationwide K-12 Outreach

The Foundation supported student presentations, STEM events, GIS Day, Geography 2050, and much more 

Herndon, Virginia (December 7, 2017)—The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) participated in many educational events during Geography Awareness Week and USGIF’s GEOINT Community Week, Nov. 11-17. 

Intro to GEOINT

USGIF volunteers presented the Foundation’s “Intro to GEOINT” at local schools across the country. Intro to GEOINT is a presentation for children in grades five through eight, which provides an interactive overview of GEOINT. More than 800 students experienced Intro to GEOINT across the U.S. and Canada thanks to USGIF individual members. The schools included: 

  • Belmont Station Elementary School, Ashburn, VA
  • Clark Elementary School, Tampa, FL
  • Crofton Meadows Middle School, Crofton, MD
  • Fairwood Public School, Ontario, Canada
  • Key Elementary School, Washington, DC
  • Land O’ Lakes High School, Land O’ Lakes, FL
  • Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Holy Spirit Campus, Montgomery, AL
  • Moorefield Station Elementary School, Ashburn, VA
  • Daniel Boone Elementary School, Wentzville, MO
  • Seldens Landing Elementary School, Leesburg, VA
  • St. Christopher School, Vandalia, OH
  • Stratford Landing Elementary School, Alexandria, VA 

USGIF also arranged a pilot Intro to GEOINT curriculum for Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, Va. Thirteen students signed up to learn about GEOINT topics such as maps, satellites, imagery analysis, and remote sensing. The enrichment program kicked off during GEOINT Community week and will continue twice a week for eight weeks. 

“Geospatial science is not widely taught in K-8 school curricula in the U.S., so it’s our goal at USGIF to integrate it, specifically GEOINT, into classroom curriculum,” said USGIF Lead Educational Manager Lindsay Mitchell. “It’s all about introducing students to the STEM topic of GEOINT and how geospatial knowledge and skills are used in many career fields. We are continuing to develop learning materials and resources for teachers to integrate GEOINT in their classrooms.” 


USGIF supported two of LearningPlunge’s GeoPlunge tournaments. USGIF staff participated in the Washington, D.C., tournament, where more than 100 students from 12 D.C. schools competed. The Foundation also helped sponsor the first GeoPlunge tournament in St. Louis, which hosted 27 fourth grade students from Hodgen Tech School. GeoPlunge is a fun and educational card game that teaches U.S. geography and supports geospatial literacy.  


Nov. 15 marked nationwide GIS Day and USGIF participated by exhibiting at George Mason University’s (GMU) GIS Day event, and talking to current GMU students studying geospatial sciences about how to prepare for a job in the GEOINT Community after college. Members of USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) shared their career journeys and advice on pursuing opportunities in the GEOINT Community. Participants included Heather FitzGerald, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Justin Franz, USGIF; Ian Harvey, PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Robert Miller, HawkEye 360. YPG members continued the conversation at a networking event sponsored by Boundless. 

Additionally, USGIF partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools under the Job for a Day program to arrange job shadowing opportunities for seven high school students at USGIF Member organizations. DigitalGlobe, HawkEye 360, and OGSystems hosted students at their offices to learn about the companies, interact with their technology, and better understand GEOINT careers. 

Community STEM Events

USGIF and YPG members participated Nov. 16 in two STEM educational events, teaching students how to analyze satellite imagery. 

At Moorefield Station Elementary School’s STEM Night in Ashburn, Va., USGIF was one of many local organizations that gave demonstrations to encourage interest in STEM careers to about 100 students. The Foundation also exhibited at Women In Technology’s “Girls In Technology Sharing our Success” event in Washington, D.C. Approximately 150 girls and their families attended to hear from female STEM professionals and see demonstrations. 

Geography 2050

USGIF was a co-sponsor at the American Geographical Society’s (AGS) Geography 2050 event, held Nov. 16-17, at Columbia University in New York City. Following the conference, AGS hosted an invite-only AGS Geography Teacher Fellows Program for 50 AP Human Geography teachers from across the country. USGIF Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor moderated a panel titled, “So, What’s in it for the Students?” Boundless’ Anthony Calamito, Mapbox’s Bryan Housel, and Fund for the City of York’s Alan Leidner discussed career opportunities in the geospatial sciences. The panel also provided teachers with resources for curriculum development. 

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USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community with government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges. USGIF achieves its mission via its strategic pillars: Build the Community | Advance the Tradecraft | Accelerate Innovation. 

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Lindsay Mitchell
Lead Educational Manager
United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
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