GIS and Careers

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Esri
Summary:Geographic information systems (GIS) are mapping and analysis tools that people use in all walks of life. GIS is problem-solving technology, for careers in research, policy-making, and production — in government agencies, non-profit groups, and for-profit companies, from global to local levels. People who can gather, explore, and integrate data, analyze relationships, and make plain the hidden patterns will help identify resources, preserve habitat, provide energy, reduce impact, monitor change, catalog variety, explain complexity, and develop strategies for improving life that will affect everyone, 24-7. Esri provides GIS information and maps to students to access online. Students can be tasked to find a location, map out an area with significant geological structures, or even identify an unknown location based on its GIS information.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:2-ESS2-2; 4-ESS2-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Structure and function
Subjects: earth; earth science week; maps
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