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Map to a big future? 4-H club explores technology based around geography February 25, 2011

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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From inside a computer lab at Front Range Community College, members of Boulder County’s newest 4-H club explored wide swaths of the Front Range with a few mouse clicks.

“I have not ever seen anything like this, so it’s pretty cool,” Blue Mountain Elementary fifth-grader Orion Zona, 11, said as he scrolled around a satellite map of Longmont.

The nine members of the new Boulder County Community Mapping Team are learning about geographic information systems or GIS — a field that addresses gathering, analyzing and presenting geographic information, often by creating maps.

During the team’s second meeting Saturday afternoon, students marked grocery stores near their schools on a satellite map. Their findings will be entered into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food environment atlas, which provides data on a community’s ability to access healthy foods.

The new club is the latest initiative among local 4-H clubs to offer more STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — programming and provide youths with the skills to work in science and math fields. (more…)