“Whatever you teach and however you teach it, maps and apps communicate it better! A 12-year-old who learns to operate a drone at one of our camps this summer may design the next advances in GIS technology. A 17-year-old who learns the connection between mapping and microenterprise may be the next Bill Gates. We’re here to create those possibilities.”
- Fran Harvey, Founder and Director of GGI

Our Events


Maps & Apps is a summer GIS program for students aged 11-17 to introduce students to the field of technology in a fun way (drones). The week-long GIS program (Monday-Thursday) costs $250 per child and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The locations include Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Lafayette, New Orleans, West Feliciana, and St. Tammany.

International GIS Day

Annually more than 100 to 200 students from throughout Baton Rouge are invited to learn about GIS. The GeoMentors (professionals working as GIS Analysts), lead groups of students through three educational, hands-on activities which include built your own story map, collection of inventory data using smart phones and creating a national geographic map which offers spatial thinking through kinetic learning.

Annual Map Competition ArcGIS On Line U. S. School Competition

This competition is open annually to high school (grades 9-12) and middle school students (grades 4-8) in the U.S who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS Online presentation, web app, or story map.  


Mighty Maps Institute is a grant partnership program between LA RS GIS/Global Geospatial Institute and ESRI. It's our goal to provide professional development workshop and training to teachers and educators in a school district.

The expectation is our 24-hour instructional session can be segmented in several different ways and will cover all components of ArcGIS online and GIS desktop. The workshop and trainings are designed for K-12 administrators, teachers and educators within the school district, especially career tech educators and counselors.

Part of the Mighty Maps Institute will be the establishment and setup of an Arc GIS online organizational account, username and passwords for your students and administrators and the setup of groups and members in your groups. We will cover an introduction to Geo Inquiries, building of story maps, use of mobile devices for collecting data, GIS data, using art collector, and much more.

Should you have any questions regarding Mighty Map Institute, please call us at (225) 939-1091 or email us at info@gisinstitute.com


Sign up for GIS BYTES

GIS BYTES are biweekly, complimentary emails for educators providing an incentive to introduce GIS content through Story Maps and GeoInquiries. GIS BYTES come to you with ease and minimal effort. One click to enter the world of GIS! Sign up today to receive GIS BYTES!

This is a complimentary offering, an outreach effort to educators we meet as we criss cross the state promoting GIS in school curriculum and GIS IBC.

“The geospatial job and industry market is growing at 35 percent per year, and the commercial sector of the GIS industry grew by 100 percent last year. From the petroleum and shipping industries to consumer-fed apps on Smart Phones, GIS is a growing economic force in the world. We're excited to offer this program for the students who will be the workforce and industry leaders of the future.”
- Fran Harvey, Founder and Director of GGI