Track II: GK-12 Sensors!
University of Maine
GK-12 Sensors!, a collaboration between the University of Maine (UM) and several secondary schools, is using sensors, a major UM research area, as a vehicle to encourage secondary school students to follow science and/or engineering career paths. Collaborations between GK-12 fellows and secondary school teachers have resulted in the infusion of sensor science and engineering into secondary school courses such as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, environmental, life and general science, computer science, geography, civics and social studies. Examples of learning modules at the middle-school level involve the human body, hydrogen cars, robots, toothpick bridges, the home and community, and the International Space Station’s EarthKAM. The program is impacting the community. Bangor High School (BHS) students, teachers and GK-12 fellows, working with the police department, have developed several Geographical Information Systems (GISs). “Sam the Ram” provides lessons about Homeland Security and includes a related sensor and sensor career. The “Bangor International Airport Mapping Project” is part of the city’s Homeland Security efforts. The “OUI Mapping Project” geocodes OUI dispatch data to locations where alcohol is provided. As a result of the success of the GIS modules, a new GIS class for BHS has been introduced.