Mapping for Kids

GIS Coordinator Adam Feidt with the Eden Lake Elementary School students.

This past week we had a great opportunity to speak to approximately 200 kindergarten students at Eden Lake Elementary School about maps and globes and the important role they play in our jobs and everyday lives.

We always jump at the opportunity to educate the public on how we use maps and Geography in our jobs everyday at the City of Eden Prairie. We gave the students a few lessons and tips to increase overall awareness and interest in Geography and we had fun doing it!

Here’s a little recap:

  • The kids made maps in their heads—imagining their bedroom floor plan they pointed to their dresser, windows, and doors.
  • They walked away with tips to remember the cardinal directions of North, East, South, and West…Never, Eat, Soggy, Waffles.
  • They learned that the sun always rises in the East and sets in the West.
  • They got to see the advantages/disadvantages of paper maps, digital maps, and globes.
  • We used Google Earth to navigate from space to Eden Lake Elementary school and even showed a turn by turn fly over from the school to the mall. 
  • The kids learned about land use in Eden Prairie and then even got to plan their very own city.

So, if your 5 year-old asks for a globe for Christmas instead of a puppy, or wants to install Google Earth on your computer you’ll now know why!

We would like to thank ESRI for donating books, learning materials and other miscellaneous map-related gifts for the kids.  We would also like to thank the teachers and students at Eden lake Elementary School for the great opportunity. 

We look forward to working with everyone again in the future!

Adam Feidt
GIS Coordinator

Regina Herron
Planner II