aGIS in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics


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Course Info:

Approximately 10

Software Included:
ArcGIS Desktop - ArcView

aGIS in STEM Student Data
PowerPoint Presentations
Student Manual
Teacher Manual

Teacher Manual Contains:
Lesson Overviews
PowerPoint Notes
Customized Assessments

Teacher Training:
2 Days

What is Geospatial Technology? Where are the jobs in Geospatial Technology related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)? How much do these Geospatial jobs pay? How can Geospatial Technology be applied in the various careers in the STEM Career cluster? Why is knowing about Geospatial Technology becoming so important? “A Geospatial Industry Series (aGIS) in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics” is the third in a series of courses that has been created by the team at Digital Quest with the assistance of colleagues in a variety of STEM-based careers.

Students will learn about Geospatial Technology over ten lessons designed to demonstrate key concepts, software capabilities, and future opportunities in the geospatial industry specifically focused on the STEM Career path as applied to the quickly growing Environmental and Green Technologies. These lessons contain overviews of career profiles, which provide examples of industries and individuals that use this technology. In addition to gaining information about what Geospatial Technology is and jobs that are related to it, students will gain hands on experience using ESRI’s ArcGIS software (the industry leader in GIS technology) in ten lessons that explore the different criteria to be successful in a STEM pathway as designated by the States’ Career Clusters Initiative.

Educators will find this course easy to implement in their classroom. It is modular in design and easy to use. Colleges use this book to supplement their existing courses like “Introduction to Environmental Sciences”, “Green Technology”, Wetlands and Watershed Management, Alternative Energy-related courses, and many others. High Schools integrate this course into classes like “Introduction to STEM”, “Environmental Sciences”, “Green Technology”, “Tools in Business”, and many others. This course is a perfect fit for any STEM-based initiatives. The total time to teach this course can be from 6 to 18 hours.

Table of Contents

Lesson Sample

System Requirements

Based on latest version of ArcGIS Desktop supported in the most recent course update

ArcGIS Desktop 10 - ArcView:

  • Operating System: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.2 GHZ recommended or equivalent (Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, or Xeon Processors; SSE2)
  • RAM: 2GB Minimum
  • Disk Space: 3.2 GB
  • Video Adapter: OpenGL-compatible card - OpenGL 1.3 compliant (64 MB memory)/NVIDIA, ATI and INTEL chipsets
  • Additional Computer Requirements:

  • Networked lab of computers with a 1:1 ratio of students to computers
  • Disk Space: Additional 1 GB for courseware data; 500 MB per student for student generated data
  • Permissions: Save location for students with Read/Write Access - stored locally or on server.
  • For Presentations: Means of displaying PowerPoint presentations (LCD projector, large monitor, etc.)
  • Printer: Suggested; suitable for printing 8.5 x 11 in. map layouts
  • Internet Connection: For research and downloading data