GIS Education in Middle and High Schools

I stumbled acros an interesting article today about the expansion of GIS education into Middle and High Schools. The article in the Gainsville Times describes the process of training teachers and ways to discover new applications of GIS. Exposing kids to GIS seems to be the next step in the evolution of GIS as a commonly used technology. As of now it seems that GIS has remained useful only to professionals who gained training while in college. The early exposure will get more kids, and hopefully parents, interested in discovering the world through science and technology. As technology continues to invade Middle and High schools I suspect that we will see more GIS in the future. I think all people have a natural interests in maps, and it seems like a great way to get kids involved and interested in school.