RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - West Middle School teachers Shelley Rath and Amber Robbins have been chosen among 104 middle school educator to become National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Ambassadors. The Geo-Inquiry Process helps middle school teachers, educators and students solve real world problems in their communities using geographic thinking and geospatial tools.
Rath and Robbins traveled to Washington D.C. last June to the National Geographic headquarters. They participated in the National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Institute, meeting with experts in data collection, photography, videography and mapping in addition to the National Geographic Education team and National Geographic Explorers.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the ambassadors will train other teachers from across the United States and Canada.
National Geographic will sponsor institutes in each state, Canada and Washington D.C. in 2018.
The goal is to train more educators on implementing the Geo-Inquiry Process in their classrooms. National Geographic’s hope is to have over 1,000 community projects and more than 50,000 students involved in 2018.
More information on the Geo-Inquiry Process can be found at the National Geographic website.