PSLA at Fowler Students Celebrate ‘National GIS Day’

     Published on 11/30/16   Tagged under:    District News    Academics    PSLA @ Fowler   

The mapping of suggested routes for bicycle lanes… the analysis of Centro bus routes… the coordination of public safety resources to save lives…
What do these things have in common? They all require geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Geospatial Technology students at PSLA at Fowler recently celebrated National GIS Day to raise awareness about geospatial technologies and how we use them in our lives.
Students enjoyed hearing from the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council and the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Communications about how they use geospatial technology in city planning and emergency communications, respectively.
"I have a planned career in this," 10th grader Jada Tupper explained. "So their visits helped me learn more about what they do and what I might be doing one day!"
Geospatial Intelligence teacher Jessica Teifke said the presentations were intended to expand students’ thinking and provide them with a better understanding of how geospatial technology can be applied in many different ways. 
“It is really great for students to see real-world examples of GIS that affect them every day, right here in their own community,” Ms. Teifke explained. “It was also beneficial for them to hear that there is a great demand for geospatial experts, and that many career opportunities exist not only nationally, but locally as well. Geospatial technology is relevant it is to almost everything in our world!”
Thank you to all who took part in GIS Day, and good luck to the Geospatial Technology students as they continue their studies!