The California Geographic Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the 7th Annual My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition.
This exciting statewide opportunity encourages middle (4th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students to harness the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and connect with their state by producing a StoryMap. The state competition is part of a national competition sponsored by Esri, creators of ArcGIS Online software and educational resources that are freely available to K-12 schools. $100 in prize money is allocated to the student author(s) of up to five award-winning projects in each division. The first place project in each division also advances to the national competition.
The contest is coordinated by Dr. Waverly Ray of San Diego Mesa College. A volunteer panel of academic and industry experts serve as competition judges (and sometimes mentors, too), led by Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou of San Diego State University. The CGA is grateful for this support and for the advocacy of these individuals to support GIS in K-12 education!
The CGA also sincerely thanks all of the educators across the state who gave their students the great experience of using GIS to create their own maps and projects. Participation in the competition was low this year, and we understand the challenges that teachers are facing in a year shaped by pandemic recovery. Teachers are the best, and we know you’ll continue to make learning engaging for your students. We appreciate your help in bringing the power of geographic thinking and geospatial technologies to your students.
The first place prize in the 4th-8th grade division is awarded to Ava Krutschnitt of Ross School in Ross (Marin County) for a project entitled “California Groundwater.” Wondering whether California’s wet year can replenish depleted groundwater reserves? This StoryMap gives you information about what’s happening with groundwater in each of the state’s groundwater basins . Who is using it, where levels are changing, and how the resource is being managed are all covered.
The first place prize in the 9th-12th grade division is awarded to Sean Canlas of Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta (L.A. County) for a project entitled “Clark Methane Map.” Methane releases are associated with oil and gas production, and methane air pollution is harmful to both the global climate and public health. This StoryMap illustrates an effort to monitor methane at Clark Magnet High School using a drone and a programmable open-source electronics platform. Maps show both the drone’s flight path and the sampling results.
Other students recognized in the 9th-12th grade division include:
Registration for the 2022-23 competition is OPEN!
The 2022-23 edition of the “My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition” is the 7th running of this annual event. This exciting statewide opportunity encourages middle (4th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students to harness the power of Geographic Information Systems (using free Esri ArcGIS Online software) and get connected with their state by producing an online map that focuses on stories, issues, or ideas that are important to them. Cash prizes of $100 are awarded to the students submitting the top 5 projects in each category, and one project in each category will be advanced to the national competition.
Learn more about the competition.
CALLING ALL FOURTH GRADE TEACHERS IN CALIFORNIA!
The California Geographic Alliance and California Global Education Project have collaborated to create an online professional learning course that supports teachers in using the revised student atlas, California: A Changing State (2nd Ed.), as a teaching and learning resource.
Enroll now for the next class July 3 through August 14, 2023.
- This is a 6-week course (three 2-week modules, 4-5 hours per module) offered through the University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education program.
- The instructor is Thomas Herman, PhD, Director of the CGA.
- Enrollment in the course is $140. Teachers earn one graduate level extension credit for an additional fee of $79.
- Atlas and all required materials are provided online.
- 4th grade teachers in California who complete the course will receive a classroom set of atlases (20 copies) plus additional instructional materials, while supplies last!
The California Geographic Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the 6th Annual My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition.
Continue reading ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 2022 MY CALIFORNIA GIS MAPPING COMPETITION →
This is an exciting Professional Learning program presented by the California Environmental Literacy Initiative, several California Subject Matter Projects, and the California Geographic Alliance. We are excited to support a cohort of teachers to become leaders in using an exciting new resource for place-based environmental learning and action.
In the 3-part series, teachers will get experience with classroom-ready resources and will learn how they and their students can use geospatial tools to develop their own inquiries. The CHELA (California’s Hub for Environmental Learning and Action) website helps educators, students, and collaborators:
- use powerful GIS mapping tools to access current data and visualize, understand, and analyze important issues in a way that centers their own communities and concerns, wherever in the state they may live;
- follow their interests and hone their own questions across a broad range of topics related to the environment, sustainability, and environmental justice; and
- share their stories of environmental learning, action, and advocacy.
Continue reading Environmental Justice for California Communities: An Interdisciplinary Workshop Series for Secondary Teachers →
After going virtual in 2021, the CCSS Annual Conference is back March 4-6, 2022 at the Hyatt Orange County in the city of Garden Grove.
Consider attending these sessions to learn about resources for geography and environmental literacy instruction. Continue reading CGA at CCSS 2022 →
To recognize California Biodiversity Day , the California Geographic Alliance is organizing students across the state to become Biodiversity Explorers and Mappers. In the interest of developing environmental literacy and stewardship in all young people, this will be an opportunity for close observation and appreciation of the amazing diversity of organisms present in our state, which is a global biodiversity hotspot.
Continue reading Celebrate California Biodiversity Day by Documenting Biodiversity in Your Spaces, Sept. 4-12 →
On May 12, the California Geographic Alliance announced the winners of the 5th Annual My California GIS Mapping Showcase and Competition. This exciting statewide opportunity encourages middle (4th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students to harness the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and get connected with their state by producing a StoryMap that focuses on stories, issues, or ideas that are important to them. The state competition is part of a national competition sponsored by Esri, creators of industry-leading ArcGIS Online software that is freely available to K-12 schools. $1,000 in prize money will be distributed to the students producing the top five projects in each division. The first place project in each division will also be advanced to the national competition.
The My California contest is coordinated by Dr. Waverly Ray, Associate Professor of Geography at San Diego Mesa College. A panel of academic and industry experts, all of whom serve as volunteers, serve as competition judges. Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Professor of Geography at San Diego State University, has served as head judge for the competition since its inception. The CGA is grateful for this support!
The CGA also sincerely thanks all of the superhero educators across the state who, despite all the challenges of this year, gave their students the great experience of using GIS to create their own maps and projects. Teachers are the best, and we appreciate your help in bringing the power of geographic thinking and geospatial technologies to your students.
And now the real stars of the show… Continue reading Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Student GIS Mapping Competition →
During this year’s Geography Awareness Week, the CGA hosted daily live webinars (Mon-Fri, Nov. 16-20) to connect educators and students with the discipline in a variety of different contexts and demonstrate how geographic perspectives can deepen our understanding of the world we live in and contribute to more sustainable and equitable communities and a better global future. Special thanks to Candice Mays of Mapping Black California/Black Voice News; Nicole Goggin of Global Nomads Group; the California EcoBlitz team of Dr. Anna Antoniou, Jessica Lura, and Kimi Waite; and amazing geography graduate students from SDSU – Jasmine Arpagian, Corrie Monteverde, Sam Orndorff, Thomas Smith, and Krista West.
Webinar recordings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday