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Welcome to STORE

Funded by the National Science Foundation, STORE provides tools and curricula for spurring Geospatial Information Technology-based learning in environmental science studies, with a focus on the meteorological and ecological impacts of climate change. With the help of partners teaching science and technology classes to middle school, high school, and community college students, SRI International developed (1) GIS data files that promote learning of analytical skills necessary to scientifically investigate the potential consequences of projected climate change on local ecosystems and (2) a curriculum unit consisting of six lessons that demonstrate how the tool and data can be used in classrooms for investigations into these topics. To increase the likelihood of successful classroom implementation and impact on student learning, the partners devised a teacher professional development process that provides the conditions for teachers to make good adaptability decisions. SRI examined the use of the tool and curriculum during three years of classroom implementations.

If you are a teacher looking for (1) tools and curricula that immerse students in studying real California and New York State data sets that support basic scientific concepts or (2) opportunities to build your students' technology skills (interpreting data on map programs like Google Earth, using Excel to generate graphs for investigating relationships between different forms of data), then STORE may a good resource for you.

As you examine these resources, you will find that they are helpful for meeting various Next-Generation Science Standards because they provide ways you can help your students make connections between disciplinary core ideas in meteorology, climate, water cycle, and ecosystems. They also provide ways to can stimulate your students to conduct scientific practices such as testing hypotheses and analyzing data, and making connections to crosscutting science themes such as systems and models. Furthermore, they are helpful for meeting Common Core Mathematics Standards concerning data and English language arts standards concerning comprehending and expressing science information through non-textual representations. Everything on the site is freely available to you.

To get started, go to the Curricula tab and study what curricula are available to you. Your options include the six core lessons that SRI developed plus versions of those lessons that participating teachers developed and implemented. In addition, you have access to new STORE data-centered lessons and activities that various teachers developed. In this tab, you can access and download any of these resources.

Also, go to the Data & Software tab to look at what choices you have for data sets, which you can download into either Google Earth or ARC GIS Explorer Desktop. The curricula are around these data.

As the information in these tabs indicates, there are two tracks of data files and accompanying SRI developed core lessons. One track is for teachers teaching technology classes who may be as interested in getting their students to build skills in geospatial technology as they are in getting the students to understand the science behind the data. These are the "technology-heavy" resources. If however you are strictly interested in using the resources for studying the science and less interested in skill building with the technology, you are more likely to be interested in the “technology-light” set of data files and lessons.

As you immerse yourself in trying to understand the data sets as you plan student activities that involve the data, go to the Other Resources tab, where you will find a wide variety of supplementary resources that provide background information about where the data came from and how the data are separated into layers for viewing on Google Earth and ARC GIS Explorer base maps. There, you will also find links to videos that explain how to study the data in Google Earth, which has been the primary geospatial tool of choice for STORE users. If you want to learn about how to use the features in ARC GIS Explorer Desktop, explanations are embedded in the "technology-heavy" versions of the six core lessons.

If you are a researcher looking at what contributions this project makes to the field of STEM education research, go to the Research tab for overview information, then to the Papers & Presentations tab for details.