Two Hundred Years of Discovery: Using Google Earth to Raise Awareness of Scientific Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Open Access
Author:
Neville, Sara Elise
Area of Honors:
Elective Area of Honors - Science, Technology, and Society
Degree:
Bachelor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Laura Guertin, Thesis Supervisor
  • Ivan Enrique Esparragoza, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Google Earth
  • science education
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • ABCD model
  • Earth Science Literacy Initiative
Abstract:
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a non-profit organization that is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas. This year, the institution celebrated a monumental 200th anniversary. As part of its year-long bicentennial celebration, an online supplement to the bicentennial exhibit was created. A Google Earth file that documents the Academy’s widespread research will be available for the public on the Academy’s website, http://ansp.org. To encourage exploration and engagement with the content of the Google Earth file, a series of educational activities were created, targeted for middle school science educators and students. The week-long curriculum is based off of the Google Earth file and is supported by ideas from the Earth Science Literacy Initiative, the ABCD model for writing learning objectives, the effective pedagogies Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning, and the Pennsylvania State Science Education Standards.