MyCOE in the Americas
MyCOE Global Connections and Exchange Program
The MyCOE GCE program connected high school students in the U.S. with their peers abroad in Bolivia, Ghana, Nicaragua and the Philippines through virtual online meetings. These meetings were arranged through online video conferences, online phone calls and chat rooms. Students also developed youth-led sustainable development projects around themes of climate change, food security, green economy, hazards and vulnerability and youth leadership, and presented these projects during the MyCOE Digital Video Conference, held during the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California.
MyCOE trained 25 university students and their mentors on 12 interdisciplinary teams from 9 countries to use GIS, GPS, remote sensing and geographic methods for biodiversity initiatives in Central America.
MyCOE brought together constellations of undergraduate students, faculty, and extension personnel in land grant and sea grant universities to jointly conduct community-based projects using geographic tools and technologies for sustainable development. The objective of creating and supporting these nodes of collaboration was to improve linkages among research, education, and extension outreach related to critical sustainability topics and USDA-CSREES National Emphasis Areas, in particular natural resources, forestry, environment, watershed management, conservation, agricultural systems, rural development, technology and land use issues. Learn more about these projects.
A special learning experience that provided the opportunity to gain valuable workforce experience, use geographic knowledge and tools, and engage with local communities on real-world sustainable development issues. Students in the Gulf States of the US exchanged ideas and created an online bilingual peer-network with counterparts in the Greater Caribbean. Some of the participants traveled to their first international conference to present their work and meet each other face to face.
The University of La Serena, Chile, has begun organizing a yearly research project competition as part of the GeoElqui Program. The competition, now in its third year, follows the MyCOE model, in which local students use geographic technologies to address an environmental issue.
Ivan Sepúlveda, at far left, congratulates participants of the 2009 GeoElqui workshop. Professor Sepúlveda has organized this geography education program since 2007.
To celebrate the start of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, MyCOE held a student contest. "Youth from middle school, secondary school, and university levels from around the world submitted maps and descriptions of the local projects on sustainable development issues which they conducted using MyCOE resources.
To celebrate the World Summit for Sustainable Development, the MyCOE partnership was born as one of the first US Presidential Public-Private Partnerships, launching a campaign with a global contest for student projects using geographic tools and concepts. Select projects were showcased at the WSSD in Johannesburg, Africa, March 2002.