GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) fields require the abilities to collect and analyze data, while asking and answering questions based on the data. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.
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Help your students discover 21st century career possibilities
GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and other geospatial technologies and methods are being applied in numerous occupations with STEM-related careers chief among them.
GIS can extend your students' investigations into the natural world, leveraging mapping and analysis tools to better understand and explore the Earth. Whether students are studying Earth systems science, biology, environmental chemistry or any other integrated sciences.
GIS provides an excellent way to teach mathematical concepts and skills. The value of visualizing numbers is affirmed throughout the US Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, designed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Representing numbers, understanding patterns, relationships, and function, 2-D and 3-D geometric and spatial relationships, probability, statistics, change, models, measurements, problem solving, reasoning, connections, and communications are critical concepts. Every one of these can be explored using GIS tools and methods.