Skip directly to content

West Virginia Teachers DON'T GUESS About Watersheds

NSF Award:

Development Of kNowledgeable Teachers: Geospatial Understanding in Earth System Science (DONT GUESS)  (West Virginia University Research Corporation)

Congressional Districts:
Research Areas:

Faculty at West Virginia University's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Human Resources and Education developed a year-long course to help middle and high school science teachers lead their students in project-based studies of local watersheds.

Teachers equipped with the academic and applied tools required to plan, design, implement and evaluate project-based environmental studies have increased student interest and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students have improved their spatial analysis skills and developed a greater understanding of environmental interactions.

The West Virginia Watershed program, "Development of kNowledgeable Teachers: Geospatial Understanding in Earth System Science" (DON'T GUESS), leverages the NSF-sponsored GLOBE Watershed Dynamics Program, a hands-on science and education program for primary and secondary teachers and students.

The West Virginia program emphasizes watershed management issues relevant to the state. Teachers complete a three-credit summer institute that focuses on physical processes and interactions between water, soil, rocks and the atmosphere that occur within watersheds. The teachers also receive training on geospatial technologies such as remote sensing, global positioning systems and global information systems to explore, map and analyze interactions between terrestrial and fresh water systems. In the fall they take a three-credit practicum on teaching project-based courses.

Images (1 of )

  • geospatial learning
  • teacher training
  • geospatial tools
Teachers learn about watershed science.
Rick Landenberger
Permission Granted
Teachers learn GIS mapping skills.
Rick Landenberger
Permission Granted
Teachers learn how to use geospatial technologies.
Rick Landenberger
Permission Granted

Recent Award Highlights

a high-school teacher and his students ready a weather station in idaho

Climate science in the classroom

Researchers share findings with high-school students and teachers

Research Areas: Education Locations: Idaho
students assemble sensors

Testing athletic sensor systems

High-school interns track impact of equipment on athletes

Research Areas: Education, Engineering Locations: Alabama