The MYTC Annual Spring Symposium will be held on May 18th 2010

The MYTC Annual Spring Symposium will be held at Breithaupt Career and Technical Center on May 18th 2010 from 5:30 -7:00pm. The highlight of this year’s event will be the announcement of two student winners of the MYTC GIS Skills and Application Competition, who will showcase their projects at the National ESRI Education User Conference in San Diego, California, July 10-13, 2010. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the MYTC project.


Eastern Michigan University and Detroit Public Schools, along with all MYTC stakeholders and partners invite past and present student participants to attend the symposium to showcase their GIS skills and talent. Criteria for submission and participation include presentation of a GIS project that:

1.      Includes a map using ArcGIS software on a topic related to a current event or a school project

2.      Demonstrates strong presentation/research skills

3.      Demonstrates competence in usage of ArcGIS tools

4.      Demonstrates strong cartography skills


Additionally, all submissions must include a 300 word essay based on the theme:

“What the Mayor’s Youth Technology Corps means to Me”


with particular detail paid to how GIS and other technologies included in the MYTC program might help you or others in the workplace of tomorrow.


All materials intended to participate in the MYTC GIS Skills and Application Competition must be submitted to Ms. Margaret Jolin or Ms. Indira Murray one week in advance (May 10 is the deadline of submission).  Two winners will be selected after the presentation on May 18 and will attend and present at the San Diego ESRI Education User conference with members of MYTC. The students, together with the MYTC team, will prepare a conference presentation on specific topics identified by MYTC leadership. Winners will present a five-minute poster board overview followed by 45 minutes of individual discussions with session attendees. Winners will be encouraged to attend all conference sessions and learn from peers and professionals in the field on all topics related to GIS and GIS education.


The MYTC team looks forward to your submissions, which will reflect the skills and abilities attained during your program participation. We are very proud of each and every one of you and are eager to see what you will create for our community to acknowledge at the Spring Symposium. 


Good Luck!!!!


Dr. Yichun Xie, Director and Professor

Institute for Geospatial Research and Education

Eastern Michigan University



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