Chesapeake Watershed Initiative

Program Year(s) 2013
School Systems Served All Maryland School Systems
Program Partners Sultana Education Foundation, Maryland Geographic Alliance, National Geographic Society
Funder National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The Chesapeake Watershed Initiative (CWI) is a project-based educational program engaging students and teachers in 21st century investigations of watershed concepts using real-time geospatial technology.   Overseen by the National Geographic Society and supported by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CWI provides dynamic learning experiences for students and teachers throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The Maryland component of CWI is being overseen by the Maryland Geographic Alliance, a member of National Geographic’s Network of Alliances for Geographic Education, and the Sultana Education Foundation.   Highlights of the Maryland CWI include single-day professional development seminars for classroom teachers, student field programs on the Chesapeake Bay, and instruction on the use of National Geographic’s FieldScope program.  Particular emphasis is placed on conducting tests to measure specific water quality indicators, recording the data, and uploading the information to FieldScope.