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GeoMentor Spotlight

Learn more about our volunteers and the wonderful and enthusiastic talent available in our GeoMentor community to assist K-12 schools with GIS and geography applications for their classrooms. Read about our currently featured member of the community or check out previously featured GeoMentors by using the navigation links on the right. If you are interested in being featured, go here for more information.  We are excited to learn more about our GeoMentor community members!

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December 2017 GeoMentor Spotlight:

Dan Seidensticker, GIS Specialist with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB) in Madison, Wisconsin

What was your favorite class in K-12: Art 

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS?: The first time I had heard of GIS was in a class I took as an undergraduate at UW-Stevens Point in 1989 where we studied the concept of spatial analysis. We did exercises where we typed grids of data into a rasters representing land use, soils, etc. and then overlaid them to do map algebra for site selection analysis. I was blown away by the possibilities this opened.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography: I like the challenge of solving a spatial problem using GIS and displaying the result as a map.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I have made visits to elementary schools where I demonstrated GIS and enjoyed seeing the excitement in the kids eyes when they saw what could be done. I’d like to think that I influenced some of them to pursue a career in GIS.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I had the opportunity to teach Introductory Cartography at the undergraduate level and found I like introducing people to the world of GIS and showing how it can be used for more than just making a great map.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Everything in this world (and beyond) has a spatial component and GIS allows us to study their relationships.

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