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Wednesday, April 6 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Working Partnerships between Government Agencies and High School Students: a good way to get some extra work done and greatly benefit the education of the upcoming generation.

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Bigfork students are not taught GIS by traditional methods in which they develop skills they will later use on a project. They start with a project and then develop the skills they need. Furthermore, most student projects are conducted in partnership with a local agency or organization such as the US Forest Service or National Park Service. Often times the project tackles a task the agency doesn’t have budget or staff to undertake. These projects provide the partnering agency with data and analysis that will help them make decisions to better manage natural resources. Students are highly motivated by this approach in which they are actually doing something "real". Students will present a few past and ongoing projects and the wonders, and challenges of the program and its unusual approach will be discussed.

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Leslie Zolman

GIS Coordinator / SDC Lead, Montana Department of Commerce
Leslie Zolman is the Montana Department of Commerce, Census and Economic Information Center GIS coordinator. She has been with CEIC for 5 years and has provided leadership and shared vision for implementing cloud based interactive maps and received the Special Achievement in GIS Award... Read More →


Hans Bodenhamer

Hans Bodenhamer teaches science and GIS at Bigfork High School. GIS has been offered at Bigfork for 9 years. Four of Hans' students will co-present. For more information on Bigfork's GIS program Google search "Bigfork High School GIS".

Wednesday April 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am MDT
American Room Heritage Inn

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