June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
22.406.1 - 22.406.12
Cultivating Geospatial Engineers in a Population Underrepresented in STEM Industries The field of geospatial technology has exponentially grown and significantly impactedmultiple aspects of the engineering industry along with other industries in our societies. Inresponse to a rapidly growing workforce demand, GeoTech for Hawaii Schools was establishedin 2008 to support the integration of geospatial technologies into K12 education throughoutHawaii. We have focused on the cultivation of skills in the use of Geographic InformationSystems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), and Remote Sensing. A founding goal of the initiative is to reach those populations underrepresented in STEMindustries. Hawaii public schools are reflective of the diversity of Hawaii’s population. Lessthan thirty-five percent of Hawaii’s population is white or Caucasian, while the majority consistsof Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, Black, Hispanic or Latino, and mixed races. Ourinitiative reaches a cross-section of these students by way of our direct outreach to teachers fromall public schools statewide. Along with serving our diverse demographic, we provide allparticipating teachers with gender equity training to help them build equitable learningenvironments. In all events, we seek to build awareness of geospatial career pathways by highlightinglocal industry partners. We have brought in local professionals from the geospatial technologyindustry to interact directly with participants. Professors and PhD candidates from University ofHawaii at Manoa, consultants from geotechnical engineering firms, and planning professionalsfrom the county and private industry are a few examples of the guest presenters we have engagedthus far. This paper will discuss the specific outcomes of the teacher professional developmentevents of the GeoTech initiative. We have facilitated a total of fourteen training events foreducators over a two year period, engaging two hundred forty-five teachers from middle schoolsand high schools statewide. Potentially 34,625 students are being engaged in geospatial learningexperiences as a result. All programs incorporated comprehensive assessment methods,including pre and post skill assessments. The compilation and review of this data will be asignificant component of the paper.
Warren, D. P., & Wilkins, L. (2011, June), Cultivating Geospatial Engineers in a Population Underrepresented in STEM Industries Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17687
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