2020 - Water Quality Project at Lake Bruin

Title: 4-H Youth Wetlands Program mapping using Collector for ArcGIS – Water Quality Project at Lake Bruin in Tensas Parish

Description: The Baton Rouge-based nonprofit, Global Geospatial Institute (GGI) partnered with the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program, which includes the 4-H’s Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Board and the Wetlands Ambassador Team (WAT) trained students in the global GIS software leader’s, Esri, Geographical Information System (GIS) software. The skills the students acquired during this training were utilized to collect and analyze water quality samples throughout Tensas Parish including the Mississippi River, Lake Bruin and Lake St. Joseph. The students had the unique opportunity to engage in using GIS technology, Esri’s ArcGIS Collector Application to perform field data collection, STEM-based data analysis and to engage in environmental research initiatives. Following field data collection and analysis, students created geographic based presentations through the ArcGIS Online StoryMap software, view their Story Map.


Title: 4-H Wetland Education Program at Shell Training Center Robert, LA Tangipahoa Parish

Description: Local high school 4-H Junior Leaders, from Tangipahoa and St. Tammy parishes gain knowledge on wetland ecosystems through numerous field experiences, demonstrations, and digital activities. Specific objectives include learning how to use GIS technology, how to identify wetland species (especially benthic invertebrates,) how to analyze species interactions, and to inspire stewardship of local wetland landscapes. Field activities include collecting and recording real-time, data on-site through GIS applications, testing water quality, species collection, and tree identification. Following the activities, participants evaluate their findings to generate a report on the interactions within the observed wetland ecosystem. GGI’s pro bono participation was in response to a B-WET grant project.

2019 – 4-H Tech and DECA Club Project

Title: GIS Tutorial I: GIS Tips and Tricks, A Story Map Journal

Description: Hunter Gravois along with the 4-H Tech and DECA Clubs* joined to create GIS Tutorial I Tips and Tricks, a story map containing videos for the GIS Tutorial I Basic Workbook. These provide unique tips for many chapters in the workbook, focusing on issues encountered in the related course. GIS Tips and Tricks videos cover the following topics: Map Design, GIS Outputs, File Geodatabases, Spatial Data, Geoprocessing, Digitizing, Geocoding, Spatial Analysis, 3D Analysis, and Network Analysis.

Club members learned to use many types of software during the production of this Story Map Journal such as; Power Prompter UTube, SmartPhones for videoing, iMovie, Scripts, Prompter Express.

*4-H Tech Club and DECA Club members totaled eight club members representing five middle, high schools and one university from four parishes; EBR, WBR, Livingston and Ascension. Schools represented in the clubs are U View Academy, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, Walker High School, St Jude Catholic School, and Louisiana State University

2019 – Renewable Resource Project Map

Title: Renewable Resource and Urban Heat Island Remote Sensing Analysis Poster

Description: In 1998 Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory indicated that there is potential for heat island reduction strategies to decrease air temperature in Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA. Energy savings studies also indicate that Baton Rouge can reduce energy use and carbon emissions by lowering urban temperatures as determined in the Baton Rouge Urban Heat Island Report.

The presented urban heat island study in this poster were conducted during the summer of 2018 to coincide with Park Forest Middle School's Renewable Resource theme.

Middle school students were introduced to GIS over one week in Maps and Apps for Youth, a summer GIS program where fifteen students learned and applied GIS skills using the Collector for ArcGIS app. Near the end of the program, the students at Park Forest Middle School campus were divided into two work groups and collected 196 data points of the temperature of land covers: vegetation, roofing material and impervious surfaces (asphalt and concrete). Graphics of their results (shown on the poster), identified areas contributing to the urban heat island around the school!

Using this information, Hunter Gravois analyzed the effectiveness of solar panels in reducing energy costs and in cooling the building. His conclusions are shown. Now, with the launching of our second Industry Based Certification, Drones to Smart Maps, students will learn how to map roofing material using drones to collect the thermal imagery data. This information was previously unattainable by youth with our current equipment, a Cen-Tech Thermometer (shown on the poster).

2018 – Service-Learning Project Map

Title: Evaluation of Crosswalk Ramps Compliance with ADA Requirements in Downtown Hammond, LA
Using GIS for Assessing Potential Quality of Life Improvement in Tangipahoa Parish

Description: The LA 4-H Tech Club Service-Learning project mapping the ADA curb ramps is titled, GIS for Quality of Life Improvements in the City of Hammond, LA. The 4-H Tech Club Youth’s serving learn project goal was to collect, analyze, and present data points on the visual condition of curb ramps in the downtown Hammond area to ensure accessibility to citizens with disabilities, mothers with small children, and senior citizens.

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramp curbs is indicated by a total of 196 data points: categorized into three groups as displayed on the map.

The data analysis and conclusions indicated: 100 or 51% ramps collected are visually compliant, 54 or 28% of the ramps are visual non-compliant and 42 or 21% ramps were in visual need of repair.

Based on our unofficial, preliminary visual data we humbly request the Mayor Pete Panepinto and the City Council members to work hand in hand with the City of Hammond Street Department to ensure ramp curbs in downtown Hammond meet the minimum for ADA ramp requirements.