Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Applying Geospatial Technologies for Expansion of School Power Naturally Program(ST10981-1)

Institute for the Application of Geospat


The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) is a non-profit organization that focuses on education and application of geospatial technologies. GIT (Geographic Information Technologies) are tools (generally software) that are capable of facilitating lessons aimed at understanding spatial and temporal relationships. GIT include GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System). IAGT has fairly extensive experience with using GIT for education-related initiatives.

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Project Description

Specific objectives included: 1) creating lesson plans that more effectively use energy and power datasets collected from schools participating in School Power...Naturally; 2) expanding the database of photovoltaic and wind power lesson plans by applying geospatial technologies to effectively convey energy concepts; and, 3) distributing expanded lesson plans to educators throughout NYS at a TwiST (Teaching with Spatial Technology Program) conference. Existing lessons were reviewed for the potential to replace paper maps with digital datasets. Lessons were developed that use the internet and an online customized ArcServer interface and licensed software called ArcGIS.


The School Power...Naturally program was enhanced through the integration of GIS into its photovoltaic and wind energy initiatives. The work could help achieve national recognition for School Power...Naturally by pioneering the use of GIT in lesson plans. Virtually no other spatially and geographically-based lessons focused on alternative energy exist.

Project Results

The online ArcServer product allows educators with no access to ArcGIS software to use the lessons. The ArcGIS software allows educators with more advanced GIS skills to expand on the lessons and modify the data. The lessons were presented at workshops to more than 200 people. All lessons, links to online mapping interfaces and datasets are available at: The lessons include: US Electrical Energy Overview: Use GIS to explore U.S. production of renewable and non-renewable energy. Using GIS to Explore Solar Electricity Potential for your School and Home: Study the solar power potential across New York and then estimate solar power potential at school and home. Discovering Wind Farm Characteristics using GIS: Study several proposed wind farm locations, and explore characteristics that may make them more or less reliable and profitable for wind generation of electricity. Wind Resources in your Community: Explore your community’s landscape and wind characteristics to determine the feasibility of generating energy from wind locally. Exploring Solar Energy with Vernier LabQuest and ArcGIS: Collect field data using light and GPS sensors, then use the data to map variability in outdoor light intensity.


Institute for the Application of Geospat
199 Franklin St
Auburn, NY 13021

Principle Investigator

Amy Work

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Information Dissemination

Technologies Types:

Energy Power Supply

NYSERDA Contact Information

Judy Jarnefeld


R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10981-1

Last Updated: 2/10/2011