VSolvit Inspires Future Leaders on GIS Day at EARTHS Magnet School

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VSolvit’s geospatial applications have been utilized by administrators, policy makers, environmental analyst and many other professionals. VSolvit aims to inspire future leaders (and users) by helping the students of EARTHS Magnet School experience the power of geospatial technologies.

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It was a focused day connecting grade level standards with fun and challenging learning activities," said Jennifer Boone, Principal of EARTHS.

GIS Day is an international initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For many, GIS Day is the first introduction to the exciting world of electronic map making and all things GIS. VSolvit celebrated the event by visiting the EARTHS Magnet School in Newbury Park, CA and led a hands-on map making activity for children in the 3rd grade.

"It is exciting to share a partnership with VSolvit. GIS Day allows students the opportunity to work hand in hand with professionals that create and utilize GIS systems. It was a focused day connecting grade level standards with fun and challenging learning activities," said Jennifer Boone, Principal of EARTHS.

VSolvit shared fundamental GIS skills such as reading, using, and creating maps with the children at the EARTHS Magnet School. The students saw that sharing maps is one of the best ways to share information with each other. Inspired, the students set out to draft their very own first map. Pencil and paper in hand, nearly one hundred 3rd graders walked the school campus, noting the locations and descriptions of buildings, athletic fields, gardens, play sets, trees, and more. The children held a group discussion to compare their mapmaking notes and make important cartographic decisions. With just a little help from VSolvit, the students successfully created their very own school campus map.

Ms. Payal Kamdar, the CEO and founder of VSolvit participated all through the activities. “It was an amazing experience to work with these kids and see firsthand how intuitively the kids understood the concepts. While we knew that these are extremely bright kids, they undoubtedly surpassed our expectations. I cannot wait to witness the future when these kids are able to make more holistic decisions utilizing tools such as GIS for their analysis.”

The Environmental Academy of Research Technology and Earth Science (EARTHS) Magnet School is a K-5 public elementary school in Thousand Oaks, California. EARTHS is a multi-ethnic, school with 25% of students living below the poverty level and 28% second-language learners. The Gifted and Talented population of the school is 21%. Each student benefits from a cutting-edge curriculum presented by highly qualified and trained teachers.

EARTHS Magnet School has embraced the philosophy that each child should be offered a challenging curriculum where earth sciences and technology serve as a unifying theme for exploration and hands-on learning. EARTHS introduces new technologies, pedagogy, and science content into the standards-based curriculum. It also allows students to learn about how people depend on and influence natural systems. Further, the school wants its pupils to appreciate how a community’s decisions in its utilization of natural resources impacts the local ecosystems. EARTHS mission is to provide authentic learning where students are actively engaged in a comprehensive, inquiry-based classroom using the lens of environmental studies for students to study.

About VSolvit LLC

Founded in 2006, VSolvit LLC (pronounced 'we solve it') provides geospatial and information technology consulting services and solutions to clients in government and the private sector. VSolvit provides government agencies with fully screened, security-cleared and qualified professionals. It is an 8(m)/ EDWOSB and SBA-certified 8(a)/SDB.

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Payal Kamdar BS, MS, OCP, PMP, GISP
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