5 Things on Friday 25- STEM Education, Cascade Story Maps, Mercator Projection and more!

Welcome once again our 5Things on Friday where we share 5 very cool mappy related tips suggested by our team members this week. This week we look at map projections, share an event, discuss story maps and more. Got a tip for a future edition? Please share with us in a comment below or on Twitter @geojobegis

How to create your cascade Story Map

Always eager to teach us a thing or two, Esri’s most passionate geographer and Geo evangelist, Jospeh Kerski, walks us through the process of creating a Story Map with the cascade template. Joseph actually creates a story map that walsk us through the story map process in detail – clever! Join Joseph on a hike through Hanging Lake Trail, Colorado and enjoy the scenery, data tips, and map lesson.

kerski story map


Green Infrastructure support tool – Earth Genome

This awesome resource from ASU was developed along with our friends at Blue Raster (yes indeed they do great work!!) and we picked up on it during WorldWaterDay this past week. The Green Infrastructure Support Tool (GIST) is designed to help companies determine where to locate cost-effective green infrastructure, providing earth-friendly mitigation against water risk. Go ahead and draw a polygon on the map and watch the app run your analysis… wow!

earth genome project


Boston Schools dropping Mercator Projection

What better way to get the GeoGeeks all worked up than a good old discussion on map projections… in particular, Mercator! It seems that a Boston school district isn’t big on Greenland being visualized 10x the size of North America and minimalizing the actual size of the developing World! From the article… In an age of “fake news” and “alternative facts”, city authorities are confident their new map offers something closer to the geographical truth than that of traditional school maps, and hope it can serve an example to schools across the nation and even the world.

Save the Rain

This resource developed by Mark Laudon (@maprus)  of B.C, Canada has won several competitions (including the World Bank)  in the past and is a well deserving favorite tool that exemplifies how GIS can help with such matters as water conservation.  Simply put, Save the Rain enables anyone to locate an address, then define a building footprint in order to determine how much water could be saved by capturing and saving the rainfall and runoff from the structure.

save the rain

WashingtonExec’s Fourth Annual K-12 STEM Symposium

The K-12 STEM Symposium is a free, exciting and all-day forum that equally engages children, parents, and teachers, coupled with corporate, government, academia and non-profit executives alike from the STEM fields. K-12 students, parents, educators, non-profit leaders, corporate leaders and federal leaders with a vested interest in the National Capital Region (NCR) STEM pipeline are encouraged to attend.

stem symposium

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