MAGIP K-12 Education Grants

This year MAGIP is offering two (2) grants, each for $1,500, to support the development and use of geographic location-based technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), or Remote Sensing in K-12 classrooms. Eligible projects include curriculum development, training for teachers, and purchase of equipment or software that will enhance geographic instruction.

 MAGIP Van Shelhamer Memorial K-12 Education 

2019 Grant Applications were due March 27, 2019


Email the Education Committee Chair for more information

Grant Recipients

2019

Three (3) grants totally $3,000 to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer K-12 Education Grants

Morgan Anderson, University of Montana ($1,500)

Morgan will be continuing her geography research into the dynamics of land development patterns in the west, she is also going to work with the Education Committee to organize and catalog past K-12 projects and help make them readily accessible to for use by current and future educators.


Holly Nesbitt and Anna Crockett, University of Montana (2 grants, $750 each)

Holly and Anna are both working on highly relevant water quantity and also water distribution models. Each of their projects have unique qualities, but together they represent a body of work that will advance the state of traditional water management but also has the capacity to help people understand and the challenges of moving around and sharing water resources. We have awarded them each Higher Education Scholarships, and have asked them to frame their work in a manner that can be applied in a K-12 setting. After all, water management is as much a social practice as a scientific one. Bringing this kind of thinking to classrooms will help students adapt STEM principles and potentially help future leaders understand the social and environmental implications of sound water management. Their work will take place in the Upper Clark Fork Watershed, and will engage with local schools and perhaps Montana Tech in Butte.

2018

Four (4) grants totally $5,000 (thanks in part to a $2,000 contribution from Red Castle Resources, Inc.) to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer K-12 Education Grants

Susan Flentie and the Lewistown Junior High School Staff

Susan and her colleagues at Lewistown Junior High School have been very busy and very successful in implementing STEM-based curricula. Over the years they have been award grants by technology companies such as Samsung, and have used their awards to empower student learning and involvement in a number of ways that involved technology. This year the students and staff developed an app for smartphones and other mobile devices that the public can use to report and request assistance for emergencies and dangerous environmental hazards like floods, forest and range fires that are common in rural Montana communities

Dalene Normand and Frenchtown School District

Dalene Normand introduced topography and topographic maps to her enrichment students at Frenchtown School Elementary and Middle School by building a Virtual Reality Sandbox.  Using this innovative new tool, students construct a landscape and a resulting topographical map is projected on to the sandbox.  This creates a hands-on learning activity, which together with the Esri GeoInquiries “Where Does the Water Go?” and “Topography and our National Heritage” help connect the sandbox model to GIS.  Students also constructed a model of their watershed in the sandbox and applied various scenarios such as road-cuts, dams, and dam removal, to see how the landscape and watershed are affected

Caroline Patterson of the Missoula Writing Collaborative

Caroline worked with 4th grade students across the entire Missoula Public School System and taught them to write poetry. Simple as that sounds, she asked them to write about their favorite places in and around town. Those placed were then located and mapped, and infused into an interactive Story Map. This was a great way to incorporate liberal arts and geospatial thinking and technology.

Morgan Voss and Flathead Valley High Schools

Morgan is a dedicated geographer. She has been studying the interactions between terrain features, avalanche cutes and their unique ecology in Glacier National Park. Taking her learning from the park, she worked with park staff and developed an applied GIS and Remote Sensing curriculum for Flathead Valley High Schools. Going beyond just creating something, she also provided training to interested area teachers so they can use her lessons, and others, for other natural resources questions as well.


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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