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Land Surveyors' Association of Washington
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Educational Resources

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Contributions to various scholarships are made to promote the education of students pursuing careers in surveying. LSAW promotes and members sponsor TRIG-STAR, a competitive exam for High School Students. A number of our members serve on college advisory committees, and many teach surveying or related classes in our state's colleges.


For Teachers


Teaching with Spatial Technology (TwiST), is a one week course designed to teach K-14 teachers how to use Geographic Information Technology (GIT) in the classroom. TwiST classes are given by instructors from the Oregon Institute of Technology and held annually in Oregon. If you are a teacher and are interested in attending this course, we have funds available to defray your costs. Please contact us.

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For Students


Trig-Star is an annual high school mathematics competition based on the practical application of Trigonometry. Students that participate are not only provided with an opportunity to earn awards, but also leave with a better understanding of the technical profession of Geomatics, which includes Land Surveying and Mapping.

Professional Land Surveyors use the Trig-Star program to advance communication with the communities they serve. Local Land Surveying and Civil Engineering companies provide professionals who volunteer their time to explain how trigonometry is used to solve Land Surveying and Mapping problems.


  • To promote excellence in the mastery of mathematics in high school.
  • To honor high school students who have demonstrated their superior skill among classmates at the local, state, and national levels.
  • To acquaint the high school students with the use and practical applications of mathematics in the Geomatics professions.
  • To build awareness of Geomatics as a profession among mathematically skilled high school students, career guidance counselors, and high school math teachers.

What happens during the Trig-Star contest?

There may be a presentation by a Land Surveyor from one of the local surveying companies to help participants understand the Geomatics profession. The exam is a timed exercise of one hour, during which students must solve trigonometric problems that incorporate the use of right triangle formulas, the law of sines, and the law of cosines. Winners are determined by the most correct answers in the fastest time. The Trig-Star program, in the State of Washington, has three levels of testing and awards.

Local Test - Sponsored by LSAW Chapters

This level of testing is given to local high schools. There is one winner per high school and that winner advances to compete at the state level. Awards at this level are established by the local chapter sponsor.

National Test - Sponsored by the NSPS

The National test is given locally and scored in July at the NSPS headquarters. There are three levels of awards for the National test. 1st Place is a $2000 cash award to the student winner and a $2000 Teacher Excellence Award to the teacher of the winner, 2nd Place is a $1000 cash award to the student winner and a $1000 Teacher Excellence Award to the teacher of the winner, 3rd Place is a $500 cash award to the student winner and a $500 Teacher Excellence Award to the teacher of the winner.

Trig-Star Deadlines & Test Dates

The annual deadline for local testing is May, with exams normally administered in late winter or in spring. For more information visit the Trig-Star website.

Past Trig-Star Winners

2007 Bryan Minor Prairie HS, Vancouver, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
2006 Bryan Minor Prairie HS, Vancouver, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
2005 Pavan Vaswani Skyview HS, Vancouver, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
2004 Alexander Hudson Prairie HS, Brush Prairie, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
2003 Christopher Dow Battle Ground HS, Battle Ground, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
2002 Bouchane Henderson La Center HS, La Center, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
2001 Phillip Opperman Skyview HS, Vancouver, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
2000 Bon Ung Evergreen HS, Vancouver, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
1999 Jon Loehrke Stevenson HS, Stevenson, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
1998 Trung Le Fort Vancouver HS, Vancouver, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
1997 James Pate North Thurston HS, Lacey, WA Southwest Chapter
1996 Matthew Gibson Ridgefield HS, Ridgefield, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
1995 Travis Bodeutsch Tumwater HS, Tumwater, WA Southwest Chapter
1994 Michael Noble Sammamish HS, Bellevue, WA North Puget Sound Chap.
1993 Tim Uy Sehome HS, Bellingham, WA Northwest Chapter
1992 Lance Cheney Prairie HS, Brush Prairie, WA Lower Columbia Chapter
1991 Joseph Lee Cascade HS, Everett, WA Snohomish Chapter
1990 -Not awarded- n/a n/a
1989 Chris Corrie Capitol HS, Olympia, WA Southwest Chapter


The following Washington state colleges offer programs in Surveying and Survey related disciplines.

Four-Year Colleges Two-Year AAS Programs Colleges with Surveying Courses Other


LSAW is proud to present scholarship information for students wishing to practice in the profession of surveying.

Continuing Education

LSAW is committed to continuing education, sponsoring several conferences, seminars and refresher courses throughout the year. Learn more about upcoming education events.

PLS Exam Prep

Refresher classes are offered online. Registered students have access to coursework via class videos online, viewed at their own pace. Contact the LSAW office to learn more.