High School Earth Science Core Standards and GIST High School Activities Connections

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High School Earth Science Core Standards and GIST High School Activities Connections
The GeoTech Consortium of Western New York (GTCWNY) will support the use of Geospatial Information Science Technology (GIST) in high school classrooms through professional development for educators and development of dual credit opportunities. Activities will be tied to the New York State Department of Education standards for Earth Science. 

 
STANDARD 2: Information technology is used to retrieve, process, and communicate information as a tool to enhance learning. For example: analyze weather maps to predict future weather events.


Activity 1 (Creating your own layer - Hawaiian Volcanoes)
STANDARD 2 Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information, using appropriate technologies.  Information technology can have positive and negative impacts on society, depending upon how it is used. For example: discuss how early warning systems can protect society and the environment from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and volcanoes.


Activity 2 (Creating your own map - Hawaiian Volcanoes)
STANDARD 1 Analysis, Inquiry, and Design ENGINEERING DESIGN.  Engineering design is an iterative process involving modeling and optimization (finding the best solution within given constraints); this process is used to develop technological solutions to problems within given constraints.
STANDARD 6 Interconnectedness: Common Themes MODELS: Models are simplified representations of objects, structures, or systems used in analysis, explanation, interpretation, or design.


Activity 3 (New York State Dams)
STANDARD 2 Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information, using appropriate technologies.  Information technology can have positive and negative impacts on society, depending upon how it is used. For example: discuss how early warning systems can protect society and the environment from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and volcanoes.


Activity 4 (Using your map for analysis)
STANDARD 6 Interconnectedness: Common Themes OPTIMIZATION: In order to arrive at the best solution that meets criteria within constraints, it is often necessary to make trade-offs.
STANDARD 7 Interdisciplinary Problem Solving CONNECTIONS: The knowledge and skills of mathematics, science, and technology are used together to make informed decisions and solve problems, especially those relating to issues of science/technology/society, consumer decision making, design, and inquiry into phenomena.
 
NY State Earth Science Core Standards - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/pub/earthsci.pdf