Geographic Information Systems Teaches Students How to Visualize Information and Data in a geographic context.
GIS systems are essentially a system of spatial databases that combine layers of data with a spatial reference. These geographical reference points literally allow users to see connections and relationships in data. By utilizing tools, students can then create spatial queries, analyze and edit the spatial data to create maps and track trends and patterns, opening up a world of discovery.
GIS technology is utilized in every industry from environmental (hurricanes, wildfires) to urban land use (such as traffic patterns and population). By teaching our students to find new information through project based learning, real world problem solving and service learning, we are preparing them to able to live, compete and successfully function in their community and global society.