WILMINGTON -- Some middle schoolers became turtle trackers on Wednesday.
UNC Wilmington celebrated International GIS Day by bringing in students from a school in Raleigh to teach students along the coast about using maps, computers and GPS technology to track turtles. GIS stands for Geographic Information System.
The students from Exploris Middle School in Raleigh work with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on collecting data that is used for habitat conservation. One student said he hopes this event inspires similar opportunities on the coast.
"I really like it, and I hope they do and maybe they can even try doing their own project with their school," said Henry Long, a 6th grader.
This was the first time UNCW celebrated GIS Day.