We're so glad you asked! Get Kids into Survey® (GKiS) is a global initiative that endeavors to inspire future geospatial experts by bringing young people into the exciting world of survey through pioneering content and engaging experiences.
GKiS project leaders surmise that to secure the future of the surveying industry, the geospatial community must unite to inspire a new generation of surveyors by sharing their enthusiasm with young people. Project leaders seek to provide education about everything geospatial, including different areas of surveying, equipment, solutions, and jobs.
In July 2020, Dave announced that he entered into a brand ambassador relationship on behalf of GKiS because he is passionate about seeing more young people take an interest in land surveying and the geospatial sciences as a potential career option. VIEW PRESS RELEASE HERE
Dave has agreed to spread the word about GKiS locally, participate in student educational opportunities, and present surveying as a career to young students. Dave is available to speak at schools and educational organizations of all types.
Attention educators: Dave's presentation is an excellent complement to any S.T.E.A.M.-oriented curriculum.
In a recent company press release, Dave cited some alarming statistics:
“According to statistics reported by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as of March 2020, there were 2,497 active LS (professional surveyor and mapper) licensees in Florida with nearly 50% over the age of sixty and less than 8% under the age of forty.”
"This industry needs an injection of enthusiasm as a viable career path."