Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are hot technologies! Exploring Spaces, Going Places explores the world of geospatial science and goes where no 4-H project has ever gone before! Accessed entirely on one CD, the three youth levels and helper’s guide are valuable resources to anyone interested in geospatial technology, geographic education, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Youth and leaders in Missouri qualify for free GIS software to support youth programs and projects. Request the software through the Missouri Esri GIS K-12 License.

For more information, go to the GIS and Spatial Analysis Laboratory website.

So what exactly is GPS and GIS?

GPS (Global Positioning System) is a network of satellites that continuously transmit coded information, which makes it possible to precisely identify locations on earth by measuring distance from the satellites.

GIS (Geographic Information System) is essentially a high-tech map! Unlike paper maps, GIS can allow the user to change the information shown as well as ask questions about the relationships between that information.  GIS combines layers of information about a place to give a better understanding of that place. What layers of information are combined depends on the purpose.  GIS software is becoming more sophisticated with the rapidly developing technology.

If you would like to learn more about the world of GIS and GPS, please visit the 4-H GIS GPS Facebook page!