MAGIP K-12 Education Grants

This year MAGIP is offering two (2) grants, each for $1,500, to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer Memorial K-12 Education Grants for K-12 education in Montana

 MAGIP Van Shelhamer Memorial K-12 Education 

2018 Grant Applications were due March 30, 2018

Email the Education Committee Chair for more information

Past Grant Recipients

2017 

Two (2) $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer K-12 Education Grants

    • Lauren Stephens, Emily Dickinson Elementary School, Bozeman, MT
    • Laura Zanolli, Lolo Schools, Lolo, MT  

Both Lauren and Laura are taking a hands on approach and intend to get their students out into the field to learn real word skills and using geospatial technologies. Lauren Stephens at Emily Dickinson intends to teach her fourth and fifth grade students the finer points of GPS data collection, topographic mapping, and geocaching. Laura Zanolli is investigating the physical and biological elements that are influencing the dewatering of Lolo Creek in western Montana. While doing so she will be working with seventh graders at the Lolo School, and also with members of the public through the Lolo Watershed Group. When working with Laura, participants will learn about all kinds of sampling, data collection, and ArcGIS Online mapping as way of telling the Lolo Creek Story in a media rich, interactive, geospatial way.

2016 

Two (2) $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer K-12 Education Grants

  • Hans Bodenhammer, Bigfork Schools GIS and Science Program, Bigfork, MT
  • Wayne Stein, White Clay Immersion School, Fort Belknap, MT  

Both Hans Bodenhamer and Wayne Stein intend to use some of the grant funds to invest in tablet devices that their students will use to develop web and storymap applications. Students in Bigfork will initially focus on noxious weedmapping, and eventually branch out to include, projects related to fish, birds, mammals, and fire safety. At Fort Belknap, the White Clay School is a private A’annnih (Gros Ventre) Language School Affiliated with the A’annnih Nakoda College. The school teaches K-12 curriculum and an emphasis on incorporating their native language. The students will use grant funds to purchase tablets and develop a Cultural Story Map Project.

    2015 

    Two (2) $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer K-12 Education Grants
    • Bill Jimmerson, Your Education Source, Bozeman, MT
    • Melissa Reynolds-Hogland, Bear Trust International, in Missoula, MT  

    Both of the applicants have outlined clear and impactful ideas that will help teach teachers to bring geospatial awareness and concepts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to classrooms across Montana. Bill Jimmerson will utilize the Education Grant to provide a multi-day teaching training program in precision agriculture in the Great Falls area. Agriculture is an important component of the Montana culture and economy, and the linkage between this industry and geospatial concepts is a great way to enhance learning opportunities our classrooms.

    Melissa Reynolds-Hogland at Bear Trust International and their partners proposed not only to become volunteer GeoMentors for the Frenchtown Schools, they are also collaborating with three key educators at Frenchtown Elementary and Middle Schools to create GIS-based lesson plans. As a first step in the partnership between Bear Trust and the Frenchtown Schools they will build a GIS curriculum for the Talented and Gifted program at the Elementary and Middle Schools. Results of the pilot project will be freely available to educators, students, and the public by providing them online. A long term goal is to expand the program to include workshops that not only provide GIS skills but also continuing education credits to participants.

    2014

    One (1) $1,000 Grant to assist a K-12 educator to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer K-12 Education Grants
      • Gail Shatkus, Career and Technology Educator at Chester-Joplin-Inverness Schools 

      2013 

      Two (2) $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum
        • Jo Stevens, West Yellowstone K-12 Schools 
        • Scott Edge, C.S. Porter Middle School, Missoula, MT

        2012

        One (1) $1,000 grant to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum
          • Gail Shatkus, Chester-Joplin-Inverness School District to support the use of centimeter-grade GPS by the high school architecture design class to lay out building and land designs


          Email the Education Committee Chair for more information



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