MAPTEACH

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MapTEACH (Mapping Technology Experiences with Alaska's Cultural Heritage) is a hands-on education program for middle and high school students in Alaska focused on understanding the local landscape from multiple perspectives and on learning to make and use computer-based maps of scientific, cultural and personal significance. The project emphasizes the integration of: geoscience, local landscape knowledge, geography and geospatial technology (GPS, GIS and remotely sensed imagery), and it draws upon the combined expertise of teachers, education researchers, remote sensing specialists, geoscience professionals, Native elders, and others with traditions-based knowledge.

Participants work directly with local experts and DGGS geologists to authentically emulate scientific activities at a novice level, using real data in a real-world setting. Students and teachers have access to locally and culturally relevant geospatial IT curriculum facilitated by web-served imagery, geographic info.