Friday, November 9, 2007
Today was the GIS day that has been advertised and talked about for a couple of weeks now. To say the least the event was full of activity. The day prior to the GIS day had its share of activity. That was the day that the equipment came in for the geo dome that was going to be setup and the AB Tech staff and I got the hallways and classrooms ready to receive the students and guests. I was able to play with the Garmin GPS units the Thursday before today so that when someone wanted to see them in action I was the dude to demo it. Some questions I was able to answer and some I had no clue as to the answer. Those questions I didn't know I would sent the person asking the questions to Pete and told the person asking the question that he was the "man" at answering any GPS question. One person asked me how she could use the GPS unit in her car or taking a trip. Another person asked me how he could use the GPS unit on a hike that he was planning to take. As the crowds thinned out during the course of the day I went over to the geo dome that was setup. This person that was doing the demo for the dome had a picture of Mars, Earth, and even our solar system. I wasn't able to catch all of the lecture but the part I did hear was that NASA is teaming up with the company that made the demo to get a better mapping software ready for use in NASA and in the civilian world. I could go on and on with the numerous people I have met and the activities I have seen but I won't. All I can say is that today was a day that can never happen the same way again. The next GIS day might have more presentations or more people at it but it will never be like the first ever GIS day at AB Tech that all of my instructors and my fellow classmates helped be a part of.