MMA Students Participate in GIS Day


Military Magnet students had the amazing opportunity to participate in the 20th Anniversary of GIS Day! GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems.

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth's surface. By relating seemingly unrelated data, GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships. Mr. Todd Remmel, an employee of NIWC (formally SPAWAR) along with Shanda Johnson and Kelly Thompson (STEM Outreach Program Operations Managers) greeted our students with a warm welcome.

The students had an opportunity to utilize specialized software that uses Geospatial information. What3Words is an app that gives every 3x3 square meter of the globe a unique three-word code. For example, 10 Downing Street is "slurs.this.shark".  Mercedez Benz is currently using the system in its cars. This software is extremely user-friendly and can be used in our classrooms. I’m super excited about incorporating it into a lesson!

Mr. Remmel’s passion for STEM in the classroom spilled out in his introduction. He stated, “Today’s youth are tomorrows decision-makers” and I stand behind this statement. The students and I truly enjoyed this field trip. The students were complimented by a teacher from DD2 who stated, “He’s coming to work for MMA” (not surprised).

Please check out the what3words app along with Story Maps you won’t be disappointed!