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Mapping Our Future - GIS/GPS Workshop (Maui)

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Mapping Our Future - GIS/GPS Workshop (Maui)

Time: October 6, 2009 from 9am to 4pm
Location: GIS Lab – Maui Economic Development Board STEM Training Center
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Phone: (808) 270-6804 or
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Maui Economic Development Board & Women in Technology Project
Latest Activity: Oct 4, 2009

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Event Description

Mapping Our Future:
Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for Place-based Inquiry

Climate change. Natural hazards. Urban sprawl. Tourism. Sustainable fisheries. Water resources. Hawai‘i represents a microcosm of the major 21st Century issues confronting the entire world. At no time in our history has our world been more connected, managed, and observed, yet at the same time, more vulnerable. Students have opportunities like never before to use geospatial technologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing (RS) to investigate their communities, island, state, and world in an inquiry-driven, hands-on, standards-based, problem-solving manner.

A Professional Development Course for Neighbor Island Teachers of Hawaii October 6 -9 - 3 Live Online Sessions Apply Online Today!
Sept. 25th Registration Deadline
More Information: 270-6804 or

Join us as we build a community of educators and students who don’t want to just read about these issues, but want to investigate them, and make a difference by doing something about them!

This is a professional development opportunity for Hawaii educators at the intermediate and high school level who have some prior experience with GIS. Teachers of all content areas are encouraged to apply. The course will be especially appropriate to educators and youth leaders from grades 5 through university level that teach Earth science, environmental science, geography, social studies, mathematics, history, and cultural studies. The focal learning experience of the course will be a face-to-face four day workshop on the island of Maui, however the course includes an online component following the face-to-face workshop.

GIS is a powerful tool for compiling, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information, including watersheds, historical maps and aerial photographs, satellite imagery, population, coral reefs, elevation, rainfall, land cover, land use, landslides, lava flows, and other phenomena and features. Using GPS, students can collect the location information for data they collect in the field, whether that data represents plant species on their school campus or water quality measures in local streams and ponds. RS allows for past and present aerial photographs and satellite imagery to be analyzed to determine vegetative health and much more.

Geospatial technologies provide excellent career pathways, foster critical thinking skills, and integrate outdoor education with rich technology immersive experiences. They can combine native ways of learning and knowing with stewardship about the Earth.

This workshop is sponsored by:
The Women in Technology Project
Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.

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