Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to Foster Youth Learning in Photovoltaics

Michelle Jordan, Christiana Honsberg, Dawn Schmidt, Isabelle Honsberg

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of geographic information systems (GIS) tools to engage middle and high school youth in learning about photovoltaics and energy transitions in their communities. We argue that engagement in MapStorytelling related to the use of photovoltaics in students' own communities fosters place-based and consequential learning. This paper describes two illustrative examples, one in a high school geography classroom, the other in a middle school informal solar energy engineering program. Building on such exemplars, we imagine how GIS learning activities might be expanded in future iterations in order to promote students' preparedness to participate in and contribute to a high-energy photovoltaic future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2356-2358
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781728161150
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 14 2020
Event47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020 - Calgary, Canada
Duration: Jun 15 2020Aug 21 2020

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Volume2020-June
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Conference

Conference47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020
CountryCanada
CityCalgary
Period6/15/208/21/20

Keywords

  • GIS
  • education
  • high school
  • learning
  • place-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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