Promoting Spatial Awareness and Workforce Skills to Young Americans
A seres of inquiry based geospatial workshops concluded by project presentations from each participant at the state-of-the-art geospatial computing center located in the historic Bronx Community College Campus. The workshops targeted participants from a diverse background and resource poor institutions. The exercises were built using a place-based approach that enabled participants to relate to the exercises and analyze data to solve real-world problems. Most importantly most of the participants who were females from middle and high schools had no prior exposure to geospatial technology but they left us with a superior understanding of the technology and its applications. The workshops were delivered by a team of enthusiastic geospatial experts from the academia and industry. A high level of interaction between the instructors, tutors, graduate assistants meant that the participants received the best support enroute completing their tasks. The geospatial data used in the workshops were provided by grant and funding to the BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI) who are currently funded by NSF, NASA and Amazon. Industry giants Environmental Systems Research Institution (ESRI) delivered a one-day hands-on workshop and informed the participants about the scope of working with ESRI and geospatial careers. The highlight of the workshops were the involvement of the parents and their inputs.