New Advanced Placement course in GIS&T
With funding support from the Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), the AAG has developed a proposal for a new Advanced Placement course in Geographic Information Science and Technology (AP GIS&T). All U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities are invited to review the proposal by visiting www.apgist.org.
AP GIS&T is designed to introduce high school students to the fundamentals of geographic information science and applications of powerful geospatial technologies for spatial analysis and problem solving. Together with AP Human Geography, AP GIS&T offers an opportunity to engage students in outstanding geographic learning experiences and promote awareness of the many college and career opportunities available in the discipline.
The AP GIS&T course proposal has attracted broad support from prominent scientific and educational organizations, as well as major technology employers such as Google.
For AP GIS&T to become a reality, the AAG needs to collect attestations from 250 U.S. high schools that confirm they have the interest and capacity to offer the course. Similar assurances are needed from 100 colleges and universities that they would be willing to offer some form of credit to students who demonstrate proficiency on the AP GIS&T exam.
The AAG invites high school principals and academic department chairpersons to consider adding their institution to the list of AP GIS&T supporters by completing the brief attestation form at www.apgist.org.
- Column by AAG President Sarah Bednarz
- AP GIS&T Course Proposal Committee
- June 2015 Newsletter article
Members of the AP GIS&T Writing Committee meet at the AAG’s Meridian Place Office in Washington, D.C. Pictured clockwise from left: Dorothy Cassetta, Alex Northrup, Jolene Keen, Ola Ahlqvist, Michael Solem, Jacquie Housel, Adriana Martinez, Niem Tu Huynh, and Rich Schultz (via Go2Meeting). Not pictured: Candice Luebbering