UB-led STEM Partnership Gets $1.2 Million Grant to Extend GIS Program in Buffalo Public Schools, NCGIA, UB News Center

Former PhD student working with Buffalo Public Schools teacher.

Former UB PhD student Meghan Kern, left, working with a Buffalo Public Schools teacher through ISEP in 2012. Credit: Douglas Levere.

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Program (ISEP) exposes middle and high school students to science and engineering.

Part of the program — co-led by UB's National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) and UB's Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) — brings together teachers and students to work on geographic information systems, or GIS. During this effort, program managers found that the role of teacher and student reversed, with middle school students helping to teach the teachers how to use mapping apps on their smartphones.

The effort showed such strong results, it just won a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue operating for three more years.

"UB has made strategic investments over the years to build a robust and diverse research enterprise in GIS science," said Ling Bian, UB professor of geography, director of the UB site of the NCGIA and co-principal investigator of the grant. "This grant helps us fulfill part of our mission, which includes promoting educational outreach for students and professional development for educators."

Published January 25, 2017

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