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K-12 Outreach

The GS program is involved in a variety of outreach programs with K-12 schools.

Geospatial Semester

The Geospatial Semester is an innovative partnership between JMU and multiple school districts across Virginia where high school teachers collaborate directly with JMU faculty members to bring different geospatial technologies like GIS, GPS and remote sensing into the classrooms. JMU faculty each have a set of schools that they visit once a month to support and teach current lessons, observe, and develop student projects. Students have the opportunity to earn dual-enrollment credit at JMU for the projects they complete inside and out of the classroom. Please contact Dr. Bob Kolvoord or Paul Rittenhouse for more information. Learn More.

Center for Rural STEM Education

The National Center for Rural Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Outreach brings together James Madison University's (JMU) long-standing focus on teacher education with educators in rural settings across the United States. The initial emphasis of the Center is on helping teachers and students use geospatial technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing, to help build their spatial reasoning and content knowledge in STEM areas. Learn More.

Virginia GIS Site License

JMU’s Geographic Science program is now hosting the Virginia GIS Site License through a consortium of school districts, informal education venues and after-school organizations. 

In partnership with esri, we are providing GIS software at a minimal cost to consortium participants.  All of the proceeds will stay in Virginia and be used to offer professional development in the use of geospatial technologies for teachers across the Commonwealth.  Learn More

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