Environmental Science - GIS/GPS

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Environmental Science

Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP)

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Expired
In indigenous communities in the northeastern peninsula of Alaska, 375 teachers and 5,100 students blend Native traditional knowledge with modern science to prepare for careers that can be conducted from rural areas.
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CoastLines

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Expired
In Miami, FL, Santa Barbara, CA, and other locations across the U.S., 90 middle and high school teachers and their students use geospatial technologies to study three coastal ecosystems in NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network.
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Communities for Rural Education, Stewardship & Technology (CREST) Renewal

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Expired
CREST networked 17 island and coastal schools throughout Maine into a learning community focusing on finding ways that students can use technology to find solutions to community questions.
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Fostering Interest in Information Technology

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Expired
Eighty high school students, 8 K-12 STEM teachers, and university students in Southeastern Michigan engage in design teams focused on IT-intensive STEM areas including environmental science, robotics, and bioinformatics, using diverse software systems.
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Information Technology through Community Based Natural Resources Program for Students and Teachers

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Expired
Fifty middle and high school teachers and their students in central and eastern Kentucky learn how to use remote sensing technology to collect data on community-based natural resource problems and create 3-D computer models to simulate the issues.
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Media-Based Resources to Support the ITEST Program

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Expired
WGBH Educational Foundation produced and disseminated an integrated set of media-based resources to support the national ITEST program, its Learning Resource Center, and local ITEST project participants across the country.
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The Urban Tree Project: Using Geographic Information Systems to Determine the Ecological Value of Neighborhood Trees

Geospatial technologies have emerged over the last 15 years as one of the key tools used by environmental scientists (NRC 2006). In fact, educators have recognized that coupling geospatial technologies with environmental science topics and scientific datasets opens the door to local and regional scientific investigations (McInerney 2006). Over the last three years, we have been working to provide tools, curriculum, and resources that allow students to learn science through authentic inquiries using their own scientific data.

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Place-Based Education and Geographic Information Systems: Enhancing the Spatial Awareness of Middle School Students in Maine

Spatial literacy is a new frontier in K-12 education. This article describes a place-based introductory GIS/GPS middle school curriculum unit in which students used measuring tools, GPS units, and My World GIS software to collect physical and spatial data of trees to create a schoolyard tree inventory. Maine students completed "memory maps" of their schoolyards as a pre/post exercise assessment. A statistically significant increase in students' spatial awareness was documented.

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