A New Way to Visualize Our World

Ten students from across Wyoming submitted projects for the 2020 GIS Mapping Contest, bringing the program to a strong finish.  Following school closures, we revised the GIS Mapping Program to fit a new remote learning environment. Now open to students of all ages, we are excited to have participants ages 4-17!  Parents mentored their students creating projects that map everything from property boundaries and irrigation features to wildlife habitats and hiking trails.  A panel of judges will be reviewing these creative projects, and we will announce the winner on June 17th.  Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

Your students can still explore GIS Mapping in the “Let’s Map It” lesson from the Family Learning Series! The lesson plan and a video tutorial can all be found HERE.  

Congratulations to our 2020 Educator of the Year!

5th Grade Students learn about stewardship in Yellowstone National Park as they simulate a geyser.

Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) would like to congratulate Marissa Cornelison, the 2020 Educator of the Year.  Mrs. Cornelison currently teaches 5th Grade at Mountain View Elementary in Uinta County.

Cornelison is active in her school, community, and WAIC programs.  She has been involved with writing, revising, and teaching the Wyoming Stewardship Project over the past three years.  Cornelison commented, “I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Stewardship Project in many aspects.  I am constantly telling the people I meet about this wonderful project I am a part of and sharing why I think it is so exceptional.”

Over the last two years, Cornelison has taught the Wyoming Stewardship Project to every 5th Grade student at Mountain View Elementary.  Cornelison appreciates the unbiased way information is presented, and the sense of stewardship and state pride the lessons inspire in her students.  In support of Cornelison’s award, Toni Martin wrote, “Marissa is a skilled teacher… Peers, parents, and community members recognize her work ethic and dedication to her students.”

Kim Dolezal, Assistant Superintendent of Uinta County School District #4, commented, “Marissa is a true ambassador for Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom.” WAIC is grateful for Cornelison’s continued enthusiasm and support of our educational programs.

As the 2020 Educator of the Year, Cornelison will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 through Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom.  The award is funded by Mantha Phillips and the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.

Congratulations Marissa!