The "Location in Education" program consists of 14 GPS units; a copy of the PBS video, The World in a Box; and a detailed lesson plan that offers hands-on instruction on the use of the GPS units as it introduces students to the concept of GIS.

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that it has launched "Location in Education," an educational program for middle- and high-school students in the Denver metropolitan area. The announcement was made at the GIS Day celebration hosted by the City and County of Denver on Nov. 17, 2004, at the Webb Municipal Building in Denver, Colo. Jerry Clayton, a teacher at Denver's West High School, and a group of his students were on hand to accept the kit as the program's first participants.

The "Location in Education" program consists of 14 global positioning satellite (GPS) units; a copy of the PBS video, The World in a Box; and a detailed lesson plan that offers hands-on instruction on the use of the GPS units as it introduces students to the concept of geographic information systems (GIS). Teachers in the Denver area will be able to use the kit free of charge for a two-week period. The program was created through a generous grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation.

Teachers who are interested in the program are encouraged to contact GITA at 303-337-0513, e-mail info@gita.org.

Source: GITA, Nov. 22, 2004