Education & Outreach
GIT Ahead Project is a collaborative effort among the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Cornell University, The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT), and
Cayuga Community College. The GIT Ahead Project provides opportunities for teachers located in the New York State Finger Lakes Region to learn about geographic information technologies (GIT), such as GIS, GPS, Google Earth, Google Maps, and a variety of geospatial web-based resources as they develop and identify science lesson and unit plans for their classroom. To help rural and urban high school students see geospatial technology as pathways to relevant, exciting, and high-demand careers, and to create higher education pathways for students who might not otherwise pursue such goals, professional development opportunities are offered to teachers at the TwiST workshop, and workshops offered throughout the year. Students gain exposure to spatial technologies through summer internships offered at IAGT and organizations and businesses throughout the Finger Lakes Region.
IAGT has helped to develop the Finger Lakes Geospatial Explorer (FLGE), an internet-based application that provides educators with the GIS data for a specific geographic extent. As part of the FLGE, a specific tool was developed to allow GIS data to be clipped to different geographic extents and registered to a web-accessible database that makes the data available for ArcGIS, AEJEE, and Google Earth.