UMM to Host State GIS Championships on June 13

MACHIAS, ME – The University of Maine at Machias will host the state finals of the first annual Maine State GIS Championships for middle and high school students on Saturday, June 13th. Winners of the three preliminary rounds have earned an invitation to the finals to compete for scholarships, hunt for prizes in a geocache treasure hunt, and experience college life. Regional champions will present real world GIS and GPS projects, mapping snowmobile trails, pollution near schools, public utilities, cancer rates and more.

Posters will be on display for judges and the public from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday on the second floor of Torrey Hall on the UMM campus. The treasure hunt will take place on campus from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony in Torrey Hall.

The Maine State GIS Championships are poster competitions for middle, high school and undergraduate students in Maine learning computer mapping and GPS skills. These events are a fun way to recognize the remarkable computer mapping projects students are doing around the state and to encourage them to delve even more deeply into the field of geospatial technology. To enter the competition, student teams or individuals develop posters on a project they have done using computer mapping software and hardware. Posters are judged by a team of geospatial technology professionals, based on a point system, and winners are selected in each category.

This program is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation as a component of a three-year project led by the University of Maine at Machias designed to improve and promote geospatial technology education in Maine. Additional support comes from the Maine GIS User Group, Maine Community College System, University of Maine System, Maine Geographic Alliance, Maine 4-H, Maine Learning Technology Initiative, and the Center for Community GIS.

For more information on the Maine State GIS Championships, click here.

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