Catching Up with Clark Magnet School

April 15, 2015

One of the highlights during last year’s plenary session at UC was the presentation by Dominique Evans-Bye, a GIS and science teacher at Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta, California, and her student Yeprem Chavdarian. The pair showed how introducing GIS technology in the classroom empowered students to tackle a variety of projects, from marine science research to other environmental issues.

Fast-forward to 2012. Dominique still teaches three GIS classes at the school: Marine Science Research, Environmental GIS, and the Geology of Disasters. The classes are not only popular, but her students have been regular winners of the Lexus Eco Challenge, an environmental action contest for U.S. students from 6-12 grade.

Since 2007, Clark Magnet High School students have won two Land/Water Challenges, two Air/Climate Challenges, two first place wins in the Final Challenge, and one Grand Prize totaling over $145,000 in scholarships and grants from the Lexus Eco Challenge. Just this year, the student group (called the Carbonators), won a $10,000 prize for their research on the negative effects of ozone smog.

The opportunity for scholarships has provided the students with additional motivation and brought them professional recognition, such as the chance to present their work at various science symposiums and the Esri UC.

Says Dominique, “As students become proficient with GIS software, their confidence in their own abilities grows immensely. They recognize the scope and power of GIS and their ability to harness that power for future academic and career applications.”

Join us at the 2012 Esri UC to learn about other inspiring and innovative stories from groups like the Carbonators. You’ll also experience best practices and review the latest trends for putting GIS into action at your educational institution. Register now to secure the best hotel rates and get a head start on planning your agenda.

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