Presentation on theme: "An Interdisciplinary Approach to Increase Interest in Information Technology Through an Environmental Project A Joint Partnership Grant between Claremont."— Presentation transcript:
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Increase Interest in Information Technology Through an Environmental Project A Joint Partnership Grant between Claremont High School and the School of Information Systems and Technology (SISAT) at Claremont Graduate University
Background The grant is designed to engage students, especially female and underrepresented groups, through teamwork, problem-based learning, and a socially relevant topic in order to cultivate an interest in Information Technology. The goal of the project is to leverage the experience of the members of both SISAT and CHS and develop a large- scale but sustainable intervention. The grant includes CHS students in the AP Environmental Science and Computer Science courses as well as mentors from the faculty in SISAT who will conduct an Urban Ecosystem Analysis (UEA) of the CHS campus.
Urban Ecosystem Analysis (UEA) An Urban Ecosystem Analysis is a methodology for establishing the environmental and economic benefits of trees within a specified area. Trees provide direct (reduce stormwater runoff, improve air and water quality, and increase carbon sequestration) and indirect benefits (decrease local ambient air temperatures through evapotranspiration thereby reducing air-conditioning use and carbon emissions from energy suppliers). Trees provide communities with many valuable services that can be measured in terms of quantifiable benefits that may include:
Urban Ecosystem Analysis (UEA) Saving Energy – trees provide building shade and help to mitigate the heat island effect and in so doing, reduce air conditioning use, electricity costs, and air pollution from the generation of electricity Reducing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – trees absorb carbon dioxide thereby lowering the rate of global warming Improving Air Quality – trees absorb and filter air pollution plus they filter surface water and prevent erosion Reducing Stormwater Runoff – trees reduce the infrastructure needed to manage stormwater and reduce the need for landscape irrigation Aesthetics and Other Benefits – while more difficult to quantify, these include improved scenic values and improved human health and well being
Environmental Science Task The AP Environmental Science class will work together as a team to collect data on trees of the CHS campus.
Environmental Science Task Students will: Locate and identify trees on the CHS campus Determine scope of tree canopy Locate and identify buildings, pervious, and impervious surfaces on CHS campus Determine the amount of Carbon dioxide and other pollutants absorbed by the trees Determine the extent of shading provided by the tree canopy
Coast Redwood Sequoia Sempervirens California Native: Yes Habit: Evergreen Water Needs: Moist Soil Height: Over 65 feet Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Season Shape: Conical, Erect and covers an Extensive Area. Longevity: Greater than 150 years Shading Capacity: Rated as Dense in Leaf Health Hazard: Allergy Biogenic Emissions: Moderate Photo taken at CHS
Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia Indica California Native: No Habit: Deciduous Water Needs: Moist to Dry Soil. Drought tolerant. Height: 25 feet Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Season Shape: Oval, Rounded, Umbrella or Vase, Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy. Longevity: 50 to 150 years Shading Capacity: Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf and Moderate out of Leaf. Health Hazard: None Known Biogenic Emissions: Low Photo taken at CHS
Computer Science Task The Computer Science class will work together as a team to create a website that: Presents the data collected by the AP Environmental Science class Allows the public to view all relevant information Identifies each tree by its description and picture
Project Outcomes Students in both classes will experience first-hand the connection between Information Technology and Environmental Science issues In addition to receiving training in GIS software use, students will be able to apply what they have learned in class to real- world situations