The GeoSTEM project is developing a collection of geospatial teaching enrichment modules for STEM teacher education. GeoSTEM modules are designed to support the use of geospatial concepts, data and technology in math, science and geography/social science classrooms. The project’s activities are supporting the Esri-ConnectED initiative.
The GeoSTEM pilot project was funded by grants from the NSF RAPID program (BCS-1451203), the National Geographic Education Foundation and the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. Teams of geographers and STEM education researchers worked together to create a prototype module on the topic of water resources. The prototype includes a suite of resources, materials and tools demonstrating the pedagogical value of spatial thinking and ArcGIS Online technology. The prototype module was written in the fall of 2014 and then implemented in the spring of 2015 for formative evaluation and testing with pre-service teachers at Texas State University and several Geographic Alliances.
The GeoSTEM pilot project concluded in December 2015 with the submission of a full design and development proposal to the NSF DRK-12 program. If funded, the GeoSTEM project will produce new modules on the topics of urban heat islands, tornado alley and precision agriculture. Project researchers will analyze the implementation of the modules in teacher education programs and schools in several states. This work will be coordinated by the National Center for Research in Geography Education, a research consortium led by the Association of American Geographers and Texas State University.