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When students explore digital images with image processing and analysis software, they can enhance images to reveal features otherwise difficult or impossible to observe, and measure those features in sophisticated ways. They can also animate images to visualize dynamic scientific processes.

Powers of Inquiry
is designed to provide a template that helps learners:
  • investigate real data;
  • integrate science process and information technology skills;
  • understand important concepts in environmental health science through guided discovery and critical thinking; and
  • integrate knowledge and research approaches from a variety of disciplines.
Using this approach to environmental health science education, we believe that educators can build confidence among students that they can succeed in science and mathematics, thereby encouraging them to enter into and remain in science and mathematics education tracks. In Powers of Inquiry, students use geographic information systems and image processing and analysis to become actively involved in explorations of real scientific data. They get to experience the excitement of making their own discoveries, and are encouraged to see environmental health science as an intriguing topic of study.

Powers of Inquiry also offers schools an educational tool that puts available computing power to better use. It is designed to help create a bridge between comfortable uses of computers in educational settings (e.g., use of word processing and presentation software) to less comfortable but infinitely more rewarding and educationally beneficial uses.

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