1. Beth Schlemper
  2. Associate Professor
  4. University of Toledo
  1. Kevin Czajkowski
  2. https://www.utoledo.edu/llss/geography/facultystaff/deptfaculty/czajkowski.html
  3. Professor
  5. University of Toledo
  1. Sujata Shetty
  2. Associate Professor
  4. University of Toledo
  1. Victoria Stewart
  3. University of Toledo

Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9-12: Citizen Mappin...

NSF Awards: 1433574

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

One of the goals of this study is to empower students in grades 9-12 with the methods and tools needed to address challenges in their communities, and to inspire interest in geospatial careers in STEM while they make meaningful contributions locally. Although students use geospatial thinking and technology on a daily basis, often they are unaware of the job opportunities in this area. In summer workshops, students are engaging in citizen mapping by using geospatial technology, fieldwork, and analysis of secondary data to identify challenges and to suggest solutions to community needs. This approach aligns with recent research on career aspirations that suggests having an opportunity to give back and make a difference in their communities was an important consideration in career planning, particularly for minority students. Aiming to advance and broaden participation in STEM fields, our project includes several strategies to build a community of a diverse set of stakeholders for support and outreach. The primary participants are students in grades 9-12 at Scott High School, a United Way Schools as Community Hubs center in Toledo, Ohio. This collaboration with Toledo Public Schools and the Schools as Hubs includes all stages of the project: planning, implementation, and future impact. In addition, a teacher advisory committee, including social studies and physical science teachers in private and public school settings, is essential in the development and piloting of curricular materials throughout the study. Ultimately, students recognize and appreciate the use of spatial thinking and technology for not only enhancing their community, but also in the variety of related career paths they could pursue after high school.

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