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 GeoMentor Case Study:

Lixin Huang

City/State of School, School District, or Group: Viera, FL

Grade level of students you or your educator collaborator work/worked with: Grade 8

Subject/topic of class/group you assisted your collaborator with: Brevard Public Schools Sales Surtax

Approximately how many students were engaged in GIS activities through this collaboration: 1

How did you connect with your collaborator? Scheduled a regular meeting with the collaborator and communicated with the collaborator with emails.

Describe your collaboration process. I scheduled a meeting with the collaborator once a month during the school semester. The project lasted a year. Before the meeting, I told the student to prepared for it, such as what the student did and any ideas the student want to bring up. During the meeting, I encouraged the student to interact with the collaborator.

Describe the tasks you assisted your collaborator with. I assisted the collaborator with my expertise in GIS on how to process the data.

What available resources, if any, did you use or help your collaborator use to implement GIS in K-12 education? Used ArcGIS Resources website to solve the issues we encountered.

What did you gain from the experience? What do you think your educator collaborator and/or the students gained? While I was working with the student, I learned something new or enhanced my current knowledge in GIS. The student not only built the knowledge in GIS but also learned how to do a project from the beginning to the end. The educator collaborator has the project done, which provides the county residents with information on how Brevard Public Schools use the tax dollars in a intuitive way.

Any additional comments about your experience? I actually worked with my son, an 8th grader, to help Brevard Public Schools to do a project on Schools Sales Surtax. I encouraged him to get involved in the whole process of the project, which includes proposing the plan, preparing for the meeting, interacting with the collaborator, and so on. I am the person who backs him up. It really comes up well. Here is the link to the project http://arcg.is/2xnCmmA.

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