Education & Outreach
The Teaching with Spatial Technology Workshop (TwiST) is a week long workshop held every summer that works with K-12 teachers, higher education faculty members, students of all ages and community leaders to use and understand spatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and remote sensing. Teachers, split into different tracks, learn how to develop lesson plans and incorporate these technologies into the classroom through a service learning approach. Each year approximately 50-100 participants attend TwiST from across the world.
When teachers return to their classroom, they have the resources and knowledge to infuse spatial technologies into existing curriculums and engage students with geospatially-based lessons while meeting educational standards. The opportunity teachers have to work with community leaders at TwiST provides projects that students are able to engage in that in turn are beneficial to the community. The exposure to spatial technologies at an early age prepares students with skills and the knowledge they need in order to enter the 21st Century workforce highly sought after individuals.