ESIP Federation: Supplying Earth Observation Data to GIS Education
Track: Community Projects and Partnerships
Author(s): Tamara Ledley, Carol Meyer, Alan Buss, LuAnn Dahlman
The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners is a network of Earth science researchers who generate, analyze, disseminate and apply Earth observation information to scientific issues. Two partners have been working with educators to spread the use of GIS with geo-referenced Earth science data among the education community. Educators from the Upper-Midwest Aerospace Consortium's nine institutions have provided professional development experiences for K-12 teachers in the use of GIS, GPS, and remote sensing for 8 years. Teachers have implemented a variety of projects involving these geospatial tools. Eyes in the Sky (TERC) is an NSF-funded program that prepares science teachers to use geospatial information technologies. Participating teachers learn how to use ArcView GIS, GPS instruments, and image analysis software as research tools. Overviews of the Federation, especially its educational outreach, and both projects will be provided.
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