Students from James Rutter Middle School in the Elk Grove Unified School District showcased their geospatial mapping designs at a state conference and took home an award.
Driving a large van full of middle school students might not be everyone’s idea of a great day, but James Rutter Middle School Principal Sonia Rambo would argue differently. She recently took 9 of her students on a three-hour road trip to Fresno for the CalGIS 2019 25th Annual Gathering where geographic information systems professionals gather for panels, presentations and pitches for new ideas in the world of GIS (Geographic Information System). This special opportunity for the geospatial mapping Rutter students gave the school a chance to be recognized for their excellence in mapping.
At the event, Principal Rambo quickly realized that her students represented the only school invited to the CalGIS conference and was so proud to see her Rutter Roadrunners dressed to impress in their collared shirts, ready to set up their project displays. The students were well-prepared to answer the many questions that adults in attendance had regarding their projects — all centered on geospatial mapping. Following this, the students participated in a panel session with their mentors, Marc Epstein and Dr. Karen Sanko, where students shared some of their experiences and did an impressive job presenting to a room full of adults.