Welcome to Fairmont State University GIS & Geography Awareness LibGuide
-- Celebrate GIS and Geography Awareness Virtually for 52 weeks!
Help Fairmont State University celebrate the rich knowledge and practice of geography to ensure that more people know their world - and make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or help others learn about geo-literacy and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society.
Fairmont State University is an officially registered event site for International GIS Day, National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week, an American Association of Geographers #GEOWEEK, and Citizen Science Month #CitSciMonth
The geography and GISC Minor at Fairmont State wants to thank the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to this ongoing public celebration of geospatial literacy. Fairmont State University students including a student-led project team, and many faculty, staff, alumni, and community members work each semester towards creating a campus and community experience.
Fairmont State University Events
Please watch this space for our upcoming events, campus and community Map-a-Thon, GIS Lab Exploratory Days, and more...
This year the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V ERC and Fairmont State University's Creative Sustainability Council challenges West Virginia classes/learners to face-off in the Earth Day Kahoot! challenge through a virtual game show. Games will take place on Zoom and registration is required as space is limited(registrations will be accepted in chronological order)
Register Here: https://forms.gle/f11ev4yWoZ2H9GjB8
Challenge your knowledge of WV and our environment during one of the 3 options!
Contest 1- Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 (1p.m.- 2p.m. ET)
Contest 2- On EARTH DAY!- Friday, April 22nd, 2022 (1 p.m.- 2p.m. ET)
Contest 3- Friday, April 22nd, 2022 (5p.m. - 6p.m. ET)
Links and Citations
If you would like your link listed, please contact Dr. MacLennan with your name, contact info., event title, URL, and brief description.
GIS In the Movies Virtual Showing April 14th, 2022 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.
Check out our Movie Night for more information about this fun event
WV K-12 Earth Day Geography Bee TBA
Geography Bee Kahoot! Quiz created by Fairmont State University Students
The link lets assign the quiz https://create.kahoot.it/share/geography-bee-quiz/9e3bc69e-7a0b-4cb1-a315-767682e19dee
Past Events with Active Resources
National Geographic Geography Awareness Week Events
Geographer Joseph Kerski, Our Earth Live Webcast for GIS Day 2021
GeoTech Center, National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence GIS Day
U.S. Library of Congress GIS Day Celebration
Public Health Maps GIS Day
WV Department of Education invites you to celebrate with the WV Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day StoryMap (Erika Klose, WVDE STEM, GIS and Computer Science Coordinator)
National and International Events
GIS is the only technology that actually integrates many different subjects using geography as its common framework. - Jack Dangermond
This is not just an event. It's a global movement. This day brings universities, government agencies, schools, nonprofits, and GIS professionals together to build knowledge of GIS in their communities and create understanding about the world we live in.
GIS DAY 2020: Discovering the World through GIS (A StoryMap by Esri)
Listen to an interview with Erika Klose, WV Department of Education, published in Directions Magazine. Be inspired by Erika's story!
WV GIS: Leads the Way
Watch and interview with Marvin Davis, City of Morgantown and special achievement in GIS mapping
The image that made us see the world differently. NASA photo of Earth during the Apollo 10 mission in 1969.
We see the world and all its facets through our geospatial lens which is a major way that humans experience awe. We see the world differently using satellite and other geospatial technologies.
According to UC Berkeley's study of the emerging science of awe, the ultimate awe elicitor is one that few of us will be able to experience except through photos and video; the view of Earth from space.
Please watch this short video of Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot using the famous NASA photo Earthrise.
Discuss: What is something that has caused you to experience awe?
What Is Geography Awareness?
This year, AAG celebrates Geography Awareness Week with the theme The Future Is Here: Geographers Pursue the Path Forward. Highlighting the many ways that geographers and geospatial professionals are anticipating and shaping a better future in their work, the week will also celebrate the contributions of students, early-career geographers, and -- you.
About Geography Awareness Week
Geography Awareness Week is an annual celebration of geography and the important role it plays in our lives. Geoweek typically takes place in November but can be celebrated all year long. From National Geographic, creator of Geography Awareness Week:
“Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week. Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders. Geography Awareness Week is supported by access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists, and all geographically minded global citizens.”
We are putting Fairmont State University on the map!