With only about eight weeks of school left this calendar year, The Esri K12 team put together a list of some of their favorite classroom projects that use GIS. Many of the projects can be done in 15 minutes of seat work, while some require getting outside.
A great project for early and middle elementary students, this project asks kids, “What’s your favorite color?” Using a storymap to organize the work, kids’ data is presented in maps and a dashboard for easy exploration. Currently, there are over 1200 data points on the project.
A great and simple approach for thinking about data – collecting it and exploring accompanies this survey which asks, “What pets do you have at home?”This project is great for any age, anywhere in the world.The project has about 400 data points in it currently and uses a storymap to present a Survey123 data collection form and dashboard explorer.
The Breakfast Beverage project is the oldest data collection projects on the list. It collects data directly on the map in an editable feature service. It asks learners, “What did you drink at breakfast this morning?” It’s fast survey that supports basic mapping and data exploration.
This project asks learners how walkable their community is?It includes Survey123 and maps for exploring over 500 submitted locations to date.The project is appropriate for any age and gets learners to think about their built environment and the affordances (or lack thereof) of infrastructure like sidewalks.
Map where trash accumulates on your school ground or nearby park. Why does trash accumulate in the places it does? Requires a smart phone and outdoor access to submit data. The project is best explored with a group of students to generate useful data for a small area.
Although participating in this project requires some setup and an ArcGIS Online account with publisher privileges, it is one of the most powerful and extensive projects on the list. Learners are asked to create a circle around their school (r=.5 mile) and describe what’s in the roundmile.