F.L.O.W. Education

Program Year 2014
School Systems Served All Maryland School Systems
Program Partners Sultana Education Foundation, Maryland Geographic Alliance, National Geographic Society
Funder National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA)

F.L.O.W. (Facilitating Learning through Outdoor Watershed) Education is a multi-faceted 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), F.L.O.W. provides dynamic learning experiences for students and teachers throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The Maryland component of F.L.O.W. 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.  F.L.O.W. offers classroom teachers a comprehensive course focusing on the Chesapeake Bay that includes two face-to-face workshops, ten on-line seminars conducted by National Geographic, a culminating project, and field experiences for students.  Topics covered during the program include Native Americans of the Chesapeake region, the 1608 voyages of Captain John Smith, hydrology, watershed dynamics, water chemistry, geo-literacy, and geography.  Teachers conclude their experience by planning a field experience for their students incorporating lesson plans developed through the F.L.O.W. program.