Engaging Science and Technology Education

Foothill College has partnered with San Jose State University to bring web mapping technology to the high school and college classroom. The project consists of two parts. In the first part, Foothill and San Jose State University have teamed up to offer classes on building and maintaining Web based Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Web-based GIS such as Google Maps, MapQuest and Yahoo Maps have become ubiquitous, and the skills to build and maintain these systems are in high demand from many employers.

In the second part of the project, middle and high school students will be able to learn about Web GIS as a real world tool used by scientists. The students in the Foothill College/San Jose State class will build their Web GIS using scientific data related to the San Francisco/San Joaquin Delta region, with a focus on watersheds and biodiversity. This project includes middle and high school level curriculum development that will tie in to No Child Left Behind and National Curriculum Standards in both Science and Geography, and provide workshops for both pre-and in-service teachers in the use of Web GIS-driven course material in the high school classroom.

The first part of the project, the web-GIS course sequence offered jointly between Foothill College and San Jose State University was taught in the 2007-2008 school year and will be offered again in the 2008-2009 school year.

The summer 2008 teacher workshop was a big success! For more, including downloadable materials, please see the Curriculum link on the left.

Summer 2008 three-day workshop for middle and high school teachers held at Foothill College