The NSF and this specific grant project provided the resources that are necessary for the systematic development and dissemination of quality geospatial curriculum nationwide.
In addition to modifying the Palomar GIS curriculum to a format that is suitable for the high school articulated courses, GIS curriculum at Palomar College and CSUSM has been modified to integrate current geospatial technology and to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). These changes are guided by recommendations from the GIS Advisory Committee, which meets on a semi-annual basis, and consists of more than 30 working GIS professionals, educators, and community service learning partners from San Diego County. In addition, the project PI (Wing Cheung, Palomar College) also attended 4 different national conferences hosted by the National GeoTech Center (i.e. an NSF funded center) to align the Palomar GIS curriculum to the Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM).
In order to maximize the impacts of this NSF funded project, grant funded curriculum and products were disseminated at 6 national conferences (NSF ATE PI 2011, NSF ATE PI 2012, NSF ATE PI 2013, NSF Broadening Impacts 2011, AGU 2012, and ESRI Education User 2013). In addition, resources such as out-of-the-box geovisualization, packaged lessons, student testimony, and student projects are distributed over the internet and at national conferences.