US: GIS Kids Camp provided a hands-on GIS learning experience for children At ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) 2010. Participating children used GIS software to create maps of the San Juan National Forest, discovered the active volcano Mount St. Helens through visualisation and explored the world of virtual geocaching in national parks.
GIS Kids Camp was introduced at UC 13 years ago in San Diego. The programme has taught nearly 2,000 children about GIS technology and what it can do for them, their communities and the world.
The first camp session (grades 5-8) was started in the morning in the Marriott Marina, Salon D (South Tower, level three) and continued till afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The grades 2-4 camp was continued the whole day. The grades 9-12 camp will be held in Thursday morning and the K-12 Thursday afternoon.
Family Night in the exhibit hall helped attendees share the world of GIS with family and friends. They checked out some of the most cutting-edge technology and chatted with the exhibitors. This was the only time when guests could visit the Exhibit Pavilion.