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NDNU Offers Unique Geographic Information System Summer Camp for Middle School Students

Fun GPS/GIS Camp for Grades 6-8

Belmont, CA, June 29, 2007 — Middle school students will learn how to explore their world by using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology in a summer camp sponsored by Notre Dame de Namur University, July 30-31.

GIS is a software tool which analyzes, compares, and integrates data from a geographic perspective. The system enables users to gain an understanding of how data relates to each other and human activity. Last year, NDNU received a $500,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support the development of course curricula that use GIS as a learning tool.

“Hands-on exploration will include orienteering using hand-held compasses and GPS units, nature studies, building landform models, and using computers to look at their neighborhoods and wildlife habitats,” said Kathleen Peila, NDNU’s GIS Program Manager. “Students will have the unique opportunity to work with technology that is used in wildlife management, public policy, navigation, and map generation. They will also gain an understanding of how GIS/GPS technology will affect the world in the coming years."

The “Geographic Information Systems Summer Camp” will be held Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31. The cost is $125 per child and includes activities, materials, snacks, and lunch. Drop-off time is between 8 and 8:30 a.m., and pick-up time is between 1 and 2 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Peila at (650) 863-6005. Space is limited, so early registration by July 11 is encouraged.