The six week Summer Internship Research Program or SWIP came to a close on the 12th August, 2019 at the state-of-the-art BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute [BGCCCI]. Students from New York City High Schools were engaged in a research project where they investigated quality of life indicators from across 4 time zones and selected counties-census tracts. They processed and formatted data from Census repository and investigated the distribution of variables that best explained quality of life across these counties. They mapped the changes in these variables and found data that were correlated and not correlated. They dabbled with data that did and did not conclusively explain the quality of life. They realized the importance of using a multi-criteria analytical approach in modeling different variables for mapping quality of life. They learnt enough to understand that mapping and modeling is not as straightforward as it seems. Learning to better understand data and limitations is as important in geospatial technology as the underlying analyses. Great commitment by the SWIPPERS [mentees] and mentors lead to a rich experience that is important to attract students to geospatial research. All swippers will follow up their presentations with technical reports. From a space of relatively 'Unknown to Known' is a must for every potential skilled geospatial technician.
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