University of Vermont

Students to Explore GIS at Nov. 10 Teen Science Cafe

Burlington--A free teen science café on Nov. 10 will introduce students in Grades 7-12 to Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, and how it is used to manage, analyze and communicate scientific data through maps.

Jen Santoro is the featured presenter at the café, which will run from 5-7 p.m. at University of Vermont's (UVM) Dudley Davis Center in Burlington. Santoro is a UVM graduate student in silviculture and applied forest ecology who uses GIS and spatial models in her research on the effects of climate change, invasive insects and natural disturbances on Vermont's forests.

Registration is requested by Nov. 7 at Anyone needing a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972 or toll-free at (866) 260-5603 by Oct. 26.

Through hands-on activities, participants will learn about cartography, geography and the importance of maps in daily decision making. Santoro will describe some real-world applications of GIS and work with the students to help them create informative maps and learn how to use those maps to make decisions. Free pizza and soda will be served.

Participants who would like to explore spatial analysis and map-making in ArcGIS software are invited to register for a free follow-up workshop on Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m. at the UVM Aiken Center Computer Lab. Only those who attend the GIS café are eligible to take part.

Space is limited to 30. Registration will open after the café.

The teen science café, sponsored by UVM Extension 4-H and organized and facilitated by a leadership team of teens, encourages youths to connect with researchers, engineers and other science experts to explore science, engineering and technology. Additional cafés are planned for 2019. To learn more, visit