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Fairmont State University's GIS & Geography Awareness Week: Home

A Student-Led Project of the GIS Lab and Geographic Information Science (GIS) Minor housed in the College of Liberal Arts


Welcome to Fairmont State University's GIS & Geography Awareness Week -- #GEOWEEK(S) Virtually 52 Weeks!

Fairmont State University is an officially registered event site for International GIS Day, National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week, and an American Association of Geographers #GEOWEEK.

Fairmont State University students in Introduction to Geography, the first course towards a GIS Minor, a student-led project team, appropriately named Project Atlas from NSI OSIX, and many others have worked all semester towards creating a campus and community experience. 

The GIS Lab at Fairmont State thanks the many organizations and individuals who have contributed to this 3rd annual public celebration of geo-spatial literacy.

Please watch this space for our upcoming events, campus and community mapathon, GIS Lab Exploratory Days, and more... 

Dr. MacLennan

Check out the GIS Minor and all the majors at Fairmont State University that are enhanced by one of the fastest-growing fields in the world.  


Geography Awareness and GIS Day Virtual Events

Schedule of events for November 15-21, 2020
  Event with Link  

GIS Day List of Events with GIS Lounge Includes map with Fairmont State University and other WV Events


Geography Bee Kahoot! Quiz created by Fairmont State University Students 

The link lets assign the quiz


WV Earth Day Kahoot! Quiz created by Fairmont State University Students

The link lets assign the quiz



WV Events 

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

U.S. Census Geography Awareness Week

Open Street Map Geography Awareness Week

National Geographic Geography Awareness Week Activities


URISA GIS Day Celebration



GIS Day - Home | Facebook

The story of GIS Day

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)

WV GIS: An Education Inspiration

Listen to an interview with Erika Klose, WV Department of Education, published in Directions Magazine. Be inspired by Erika's story!

Advancing the Boundaries of Education and Science through Technology

WV GIS: Leads the Way 

Watch and interview with Marvin Davis, City of Morgantown and special achievement in GIS mapping




Learn more about our footprint using the Human Reach: Atlas the most detailed atlas of human activity.


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?    




Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week
November 14-20, 2021

Geoliteracy has never been more vital.

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. 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.”


Here are a few ways you can participate:

We are putting Fairmont State University on the map!

Map of GIS Day 2021 Events Around the Globe