C. Douglas Crouse from the Kent County 4-H Extension office was awarded the 2005 Delaware GIS in Education Award from John Laznik, on behalf of Delaware ‘s GIS Community, during the 2005 Delaware GIS Conference on Thursday, April 20, in Rehoboth Beach. Conference attendees also chose winners from among nearly 100 entries in a K-12 student contest entitled “ Putting a Face on Disaster – The impact that natural disasters have on people.”
“I have the pleasure, as the chair of the GIS in Education Working Group for the state of Delaware, of recognizing the work of Delaware’s teachers and youth leaders,” said John Laznik. “Our teachers and youth leaders are using geographic information system (GIS) software and global positioning devices (GPS) to help our youth understand more about the world around us.”
Doug Crouse was presented the award for his work with the Kent County 4-H technology team.
With the creation of the 4-H tech team by Mr. Crouse, GIS was used to study the spatial distribution of its club members in Kent County and provided a mechanism for future outreach initiatives in those areas that are lacking in membership. The GIS software used was a result of Mr. Crouse’s reception of a grant from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Cedric Jacob, a 4-H tech member, says, “Mr. Crouse has been very supportive, and has helped us to understand, more fully, the benefits of GIS. Before the formation of the tech team last year, none of the members even heard of GIS”.
According to Mike Mahaffie, chair of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC), “Teachers and youth leaders….
The annual GIS in Education Award is presented by the GIS in Education Working Group of the DGDC to honor an individual or group of individuals who have been instrumental in furthering the use of spatial information, inside or outside the classroom through geographic information systems (GIS) in Delaware. This is a great way for Delaware K-12 teachers and students, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, 4-H Clubs and other community organizations to honor their GIS leaders. The award is open to any K-12 teacher or youth leader working with the children of Delaware.
The GIS conference also featured displays of posters, 3-D models, reports, power point presentations and a video for the K-12 student contest. The contest entries by Delaware elementary and middle school students described many of the natural disasters that affect the world around us. Some examples that were displayed were tsunami’s, tornadoes, El Nino, volcanoes, earthquakes and meteors. Conference attendees chose the top three winners for both the elementary and middle school categories.
First place honors for the elementary school category went to Katie Barcus of Ms. Heather Gardoski’s third grade class at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA). Katie’s poster, “Nooo El Nino”, described the affects of El Nino on the United States and how it affects the weather around the world. Second place honors went to Jessica Johnson of Mrs. Miller’s second grade class at Richard Shields Elementary in Lewes. Her poster displayed the affects that a meteor could have on the earth. Third place went to Timothy McCowan of Ms. Gardoski’s third grade class at SDSA. His poster displayed a pie chart of the many natural disasters that can affect us here on earth (flood, tornado, mud slide, earthquake, forest fire, drought, blizzard and meteor).
First, second and third place honors for the middle school category all went to students of Ms. Purcell’s eighth grade class at Milford Middle School. First place went to Deyadira Carrillo for her 3-D model of the tsunami that affected Southeast Asia this past fall. It showed what the beaches looked like before and after the disaster. Second place went to Caitlin Schanne for her poster describing the affects that volcanoes have on earth. Tied for third place honors were Cassie O’Connell and Kelby Jefferson for their posters that showed the effects of the tsunami on Southeast Asia. Both posters showed very detailed images of the disaster that day and aerial photography of the beach areas before and after the disaster.
Thank you to all students of the teachers that participated: Mrs. Jill Mears (Kindergarten) Providence Creek Academy , Ms. Miller (2nd grade) Richard Shields Elementary, Ms. Litchfield and Ms. Gardoski (3rd grade) Southern Delaware School of the Arts and Ms. Purcell (8th grade) Milford Middle School.