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2024 Geospatial Science Summer Camp for High School Students

Geospatial Science is an interdisciplinary field that involves the study of various phenomena on Earth and their spatial relationships. The field is vast and covers various areas such as geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography, remote sensing, and surveying. With the increasing use of geospatial technologies in various industries such as agriculture, urban planning, transportation, and environmental management, there is a need to expose students to this exciting field. The Geospatial Science Summer Camp for High School Students is designed to introduce students to geospatial science and provide hands-on experience in various geospatial technologies in order to get students interested in this exciting growing field. Moreover, the St. Louis community continues to work together in unprecedented ways to reach the full potential as the global hub for geospatial technology. This summer program will enable the UMSL Geospatial Collaborative to achieve its mission to create the workforce pipeline that will support St. Louis’ rapidly growing geospatial sector. 

Sponsoring University: University of Missouri-St. Louis 

Department: UMSL Geospatial Collaborative  

Eligibility: High School Grades (9 – 12) from Greater St. Louis Area 

Program Modality: In-person 

Program Dates: Monday – Thursday, June 10 – 13, 2024 

Program Times: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Stipends: Each student will get $200 for participation 

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 

The Geospatial Science Summer Camp for High School Students aims to achieve the following objectives: 

  • Introduce high school students to geospatial science and its applications in various fields. 
  • Provide hands-on experience in using geospatial technologies such as GIS and remote sensing. 
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills among students through group projects and activities. 
  • Increase awareness of career opportunities in geospatial science with local organizations. 

The following are the criteria for student selection for the UMSL Geospatial Science Summer Camp: 


  • The student must have never attended the UMSL geospatial summer camp. 
  • Application Materials: the online application, transcripts, and recommendation letter must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • Academic Performance: Students with the highest current and/or cumulative GPA will be selected. 
  • Recommendation Letters: Letters of reference from a student's teachers or counselors evaluating the student's behavior, performance, and ability to thrive in a camp setting. 
  • Diversity and Inclusivity: The camp aims to create a diverse and inclusive group of participants, considering factors like gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. 
  • Geographic Representation: To encourage more perspectives on geospatial science, the camps should include students from a variety of geographic locations and school districts within Greater St. Louis. 
  • Availability and Commitment: Students must commit to the entire course of the program, thus applicants must be available during the camp dates. 

The Geospatial Science Summer Camp for High School Students will be a 4-day-long program that will involve the following activities: 


Day 1: Introduction to Geospatial Science 

  • 1:00 – 1:45pm 
  • Overview of camp; intro to geospatial science and its applications; careers in geospatial science [Guest Speakers] 
  • 1:45 – 2:15pm  
  • Geospatial in St. Louis and mapping your opportunities [Guest Speaker] 
  • 2:15 – 3:15pm 
  • Try it out! Tell a story with maps using National Geographic/Esri MapMaker [Guest Speaker] 
  • 3:15 – 4:00pm 
  • Ask an expert! Learn about NGA and Geospatial Careers from NGA’s top executive in St. Louis [Guest Speakers] 


Day 2: GIS Basics 

  • 1:00 – 1:45pm  
  • What is GIS? Learn about Esri and about the many industries that use GIS [Guest Speaker] 
  • 1:45 – 3:15pm 
  • Try it out! Work through a GIS tutorial using ArcGIS tools [Guest Speakers] 
  • 3:15 – 4:00pm  
  • TBD 


Day 3: Remote Sensing and Imagery 

  • 1:00 – 1:45pm 
  • What is Remote Sensing? Learn about Maxar and how they learn about earth through satellite imagery [Guest Speaker] 
  • 1:45 – 3:15pm 
  • Try it out! Hands-on exercises in using remote sensing data [Guest Speaker] 
  • 3:15 – 4:00pm 
  • Remote sensing in Space? Learn about Mars through some incredible imagery [Guest Speaker] 


Day 4: Virtual Reality 

  • 1:00 – 1:45pm 
  • Application of VR/AR technologies [Another Reality Studio] 
  • 1:45 – 2:45pm 
  • Try it out! Use VR equipment in the lab [Another Reality Studio] 
  • 2:45 – 3:45pm 
  • Take it outside! Watch Spot collect data and learn about drone data collection and processing [Another Reality Studio] 
  • 3:45 – 4:00pm 
  • Wrap up and group photo 

By the end of the Geospatial Science Summer Camp for High School Students, participants will have: 

  • Developed a basic understanding of geospatial science and its applications. 
  • Gained hands-on experience in using geospatial technologies. 
  • Developed teamwork and leadership skills through group projects and activities. 
  • Increased awareness of career opportunities in geospatial science. 


  • Applicant Must be enrolled in 9-12 grade. 

  • A student has never attended the UMSL geospatial summer camp. 

  • Minimum GPA (current or cumulative) of 3.0. 

  • Complete and submit the online application. 

  • Upload a recommendation letter, and high school transcript by deadline. 

  • Agree to student participant and parent/guardian commitment. 

  • All participants must agree to meet attendance, performance and behavior requirements for successful completion of the camp. 

  • All participants are expected to complete assigned tasks and fully participate in class activities to meet program requirements. 

Have a Question? Please Contact: 


Dr. Reda Amer 

Director of UMSL Geospatial Collaborative  

University of Missouri-St. Louis 

402 Benton Hall, 43 Benton Ct, St. Louis, MO 63121 

314-516-4838 |  reda.amer@umsl.edu 

UMSL Geospatial Collaborative Website