ESRGC Team meets with the Girls Innovation Academy
On Tuesday afternoon the ESRGC hosted the Girls Innovation Academy summer camp. The Girls Innovation Academy (GIA) is a three-week summer camp at Salisbury University for middle school girls and focuses on technology, communication, and leadership. Dr. Lembo began the session with an overall discussion of the definition of GIS and its many benefits. Afterwards the camp attendees broke off in to small groups and rotated through the ESRGC for a variety of topics. Mary Buffington presented on the collection of data from aerial imagery and how it assists with mapping poultry houses and irrigation systems. Erin Silva discussed a project with the Audubon Society where GIS is used to examine the Atlantic Coast in order to prioritize sites for conservation. The GIA attendees met with Lauren McDermott to better understand how impervious surface is mapped using the data collected from points, line, and polygons. Ryan Mello described the process of using aerial imagery and elevation data to map tidal wetlands for Maryland’s Critical Area. Finally, the girls learned the importance and complexity of mapping utility line-work led by Katy Maglio. The ESRGC team is honored to have been able to introduce the attendees of the Girls Innovation Academy to the benefits of GIS through real life projects.
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