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Supporting Basic Math and Science Education in Muslim Southeast Asia

MyCOE is promoting the use of Geography, GIS and GPS to improve environmental education in South Asia, developing and disseminating tailored new materials and ready-to-use lesson plans for teachers at middle and high school levels to incorporate field experiences in their classrooms. Materials and tutorials are based upon freely available data, lessons, and software, including ESRI's AEJEE, so teachers everywhere in the region can access the technologies at no cost.

The program also provided travel support to attend a workshop in Davao, May 2008, and GPS equipment to 35 teacher participants competitively selected from more than 200 applicants in the Muslim Region of Mindanao, Philippines. The workshop welcomed participants with a greeting from US Amassador to the Philippines, Kristie Kenney, an avid supporter of environmental research and education in the country.

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Capacity building and materials broach topics that include natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and flooding; ecoregions; environmental pollution; collection of local field data; watershed management; climate change; health and others. The workshop was hosted at the Philippine Science High School's Southern Mindanao Campus in the Tugbok District of Mintal, May 19-23, 2008. The workshop materials are now available online for teachers to use freely.

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Project Information:
Coordination: Dr. Patricia Solís, AAG,
Instructors: Dr. Susan Gallagher, AAG; Barbaree Ash-Duke, Curriculum Integration and GIS in Education; and Dr. Lisa Keys-Matthews, University of North Alabama
Educational Team: Dr. Matt Koeppe, AAG, Dr. Joseph Kerski, ESRI
Support: Dr. Frances Colon, US Department of State
In the Philippines: Caron De Mars, Environment Science and Technology Office of the US Embassy in Manila; Julita Bairan, US Embassy; Corazon Monica Sabio, The GLOBE Program, Philippines; and Rochelle Papasin, Philippine Science High School.