Teach up South Texas and take a BYTE of technology. The National Geographic Society, or NGS, has promoted geographic literacy in schools and communities and among organizations with a focus on educating the youth. This provides students within the area school districts, local residents and area professionals the opportunity to learn more about GIS applications and to see their use in action.
GIS Day is a series of multiple overlapping two-hour sessions of activates and demonstrations that illustrate how GIS is a part of the everyday lives. Participants can anticipate seeing Global Positioning System and Remote Sensing-Satellite technology in action. Both indoor and outdoor activities will give individuals hands-on experiences with assistance from GIS professionals and experts working in the industry.
The GIS technology is part of our lives and used everyday by a variety of professionals from biology, construction technology, drafting and emergency medical services to engineering, firefighting, geology, law enforcement and more. This technology has been globally integrated to solve problems. It allows users to see geographic features on a map and provides better understanding about specific locations by turning locations into visual layers.
The National Geographic Society will recognize Geography Awareness Week Nov. 16-20, including GIS Day on Nov. 17, which is a free co-hosted event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development on the corner of Kostoryz and Staples.