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Depending on the particular module, the Powers of Inquiry modules will be offered to teachers in a variety of formats: 
  • a downloadable archive containing a PDF-formatted lesson, data files, and software
  • a kit available from Wards Natural Science
  • online e-Learning modules
 The Powers of Inquiry modules will integrate with high school Earth science, environmental science, and advanced placement courses. The modules will also be useful in undergraduate science courses.

Curriculum Integration

The Powers of Inquiry lessons integrate concepts not only from science, mathematics, and technology, but also from language arts and social studies. They also teach image processing and GIS tools and techniques in an applied context. Applied contexts include environmental quality, epidemiology, community planning, forensics, and risk analysis. The lesson materials also lend themselves to further discovery about numerous professional fields that currently utilize image processing and GIS, ranging from the arts to aerospace.

Powers of Inquiry uses a "guided discovery" approach to provide format and structure to the learning process. With this approach, students are able to stay on track and use their time efficiently while still actively practicing the skills of inquiry and analysis. Using digital images and image processing and analysis software or GIS technology, students are guided to make observations and measurements of data gathered in real environmental health science research. They are given background information and raw data, and then asked to collect and analyze data and form conclusions. Many questions are open-ended and designed to promote critical thinking.

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