The STEM Academy @ Bartlett students won second and third place at GIS Day Savannah hosted at Savannah State University on November 15, 2017. GIS Day is an annual event to introduce GIS technology and other geospatial sciences to our local school children and promote the capabilities and use of GIS to the general business community.
Kaylee Mailler, Ginger Harward-Grant, and Raiyan Johnson, all 8th graders at The STEM Academy, won third place in the middle/high school division with their map titled, “Ground Water Contamination in the US,” and Davis James, an 8th grader at The STEM Academy, placed second in the middle/high school division with his map titled, “Rising Sea Levels of Coastal Cities in Georgia and South Carolina.” Multiple other projects made by The STEM Academy students, specifically GIS art projects and GIS maps, were also on display.
Dr. Vicki Albritton, The STEM Academy GIS instructor, states, “This group of students makes me proud to be a teacher and shows me my future will be secure.”
Held each year on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day is a global event that celebrates GIS technology. GIS Day serves to make people aware of GIS technology and the important contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology, information, and the humanities. It is a grassroots event and a reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment of individual GIS users everywhere.
A geographic information system (GIS) allows users to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. It helps users to understand “what goes where.”
Part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, The STEM Academy @ Bartlett is a specialty middle school serving sixth through eighth grade students. The school was Georgia’s first certified STEM middle school and recently selected as the Technology Association of Georgia’s 2017 STEM Middle School. For more information about The STEM Academy, visit their website at http://stem.sccpss.com.