Spatial Sci is committed to providing educators with valuable resources that support the use of Geotechnologies in K-12 instruction. Below is a list of programs that serve to assist in this endeavor. Some of the sites listed below fall outside of the Spatial Sci domain and are therefore not the responsibility of our organization. If there are sites you would like to see included, please contact us and we will review the site to determine if it meets the goals and objectives of Spatial Sci.
|CE3 - Cyber-Enabled Earth Science Curriculum|
The primary goal of the Cyber-Enabled Earth Exploration Project is to develop and pilot test new, technology-embedded, inquiry-based, curricular materials for middle school science classes for the purpose of improving student engagement and achievement in science and technology. Each module is initiated by an authentic research experience in science and incorporates the use of Google Earth as a transformative data collection and analysis tool
|Place Names - Building Worldviews Using Traditional Cultures and GIS|
The focus of the Place Names Project (PNP) is to build cross-cultural relationships between indigenous world views and science using Google Earth and traditional cultures. This will be done by establishing relationships with tribal entities and using their leadership to identify appropriate and accurate information necessary to develop a culturally responsive curriculum.
|Paleo Exploration Project|
Paleo Exploration Project provides intensive professional development for 7th and 8th grade math and science teachers from northeastern Montana , an area that includes the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The project focuses on the application of geospatial technologies, including global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, to understanding the rich fossil record of the Northern Plains, a subject of great scientific, economic, and cultural significance in the region.
|Online GIS Courses|
Spatial Sci is proud to offer a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our GIS courses are designed to provide anyone interested in GIS the opportunity to gain the necessary skill set to embrace geospatial technologies utilizing the software of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Arcview. The certificate consists of three courses, each ten weeks in length and each worth three (3) academic credits. You must complete all three classes in order to receive the certificate. Each class is instructor led and class size is limited, so participants have the opportunity of interaction with the instructor and other students. Each class is offered approximately three times a year.
The overall goal of GTEC is to contribute to a national model that improves the teaching and learning of science in grades 5-12 using geotechnologies. The emergence of geotechnologies (satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems) has revolutionized how scientists interpret and use data. Because of its great analytical power, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is currently used as a research and planning tool in many applications of science such as agriculture (e.g., for precision planting and application of pesticides and fertilizer); environmental planning and research (e.g., to conduct environmental impact assessments and groundwater contamination modeling); forestry (e.g., to model wildfires and plan harvests); and petroleum and mining exploration (e.g., to identify potential locations of oil and mineral deposits).