Slideshow: Students Help Young Mappers Navigate Their Way Around College

Last week, 30 third and fourth graders from Breakwater School in Portland visited campus for a mapping adventure. Led by four Breakwater teachers, including Bowdoin alumni Max Conovor ’09 and Peter “Bridge” Bridgford ’88, the group of young students set out to explore Bowdoin with the environment in mind.

Along their route, which they logged on GPS devices, the Breakwater students discovered all the “green” spots on campus: the cogeneration heating plant and the plant’s green roof, the solar panels on the Schwartz Center and Thorne Dining Hall, the organic garden, the dorms that use geothermal heat and more.

The elementary-school students then mapped their routes on computers with the help of several college students who are taking Eileen Johnson’s environmental studies course, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

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