Twenty-seven high school students spent two weeks exploring geospatial careers during Loudoun’s third annual summer workshop. The rising sophomores and juniors came from nine different high schools across Loudoun and Fairfax counties. Underwritten by generous grants from BAE Systems, SAIC and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, this year’s leaders worked on resumes and interviews, building their career development skills. The students also collected playground data, supporting KaBOOM! The Map of Play, a national effort to inventory playgrounds across the U.S.
“This year’s students excelled and really had fun,” said Michael Krimmer, NOVA’s Geospatial Studies Program head. “Just as importantly, this program provides students the opportunity to succeed with college-level material while still in high school.”
This year’s students will have opportunities to continue their geospatial studies as high school seniors through James Madison University’s (JMU) Geospatial Semester program. Each year, NOVA hosts training of high school teachers for this JMU course.