Geospatial and Population Sciences

Dr. Billy Jivetti
University of New Mexico
Cafe Scientifique New Mexico- Rio Rancho and Albuquerque


We had 17 teens in attendance. We ate until 7:15 and then they moved to the 12 laptops set up (some shared). Beforehand, we had uploaded an Excel doc onto each laptop that the speaker was going to utilize. One of the leaders (Jeremiah) introduced the speaker. He’s from West Kenya and has a thick accent so sometimes he was hard to understand. He did have a microphone but the faster he talked the harder he was to understand. The first 30 min. of him speaking was very boring and he could have given the info. in 10 min. instead. Finally, he had them get on the computers and gave them some instructions. Then they became engaged. Each table had a presenter who went up and gave their interpretation of the data and they enjoyed that. It ended on a high note right at 7:30pm with a group pic (the speaker asked for one).

Hands on Activity

He had 26 tabs on the Excel doc. and each table was assigned a tab to studyt, make the data into a pie chart or bar graph then decipher the data. The data was based on people who went to a clinic/hospital in West Kenya for treatment (what kind of illnesses, what age range of people, how far they traveled, gender, etc.). So, for instance, one table was assigned ‘skin diseases or disorders’ and based on the data the age range that went the most for that was 10-22 yrs. So he asked, “Why do you think that is?” People offered up opinions like, ‘Puberty. Increase in hormones. Acne.’ He said, “That’s the age group where people are around more people because of school, sports, clubs, etc. ” The teens really liked presenting their opinions and there were many laughs based on some answers.   This image is one example of how geospatial data can be used.