Students at Hopkinton High School in New Hampshire are taking a hands-on approach to learning about their local flora and fauna, with the help of very sophisticated mapping software.

Hopkinton geography and science students have been using high-tech geographic information system (GIS) software called ArcView to create complex, multi-dimensional maps of the environment in and around their hometown.

"ArcView seems to be the industry standard for mapping software. It's what the state of New Hampshire uses," said geography teacher Bob Woolner.

Woolner and biology teacher Scott Semmens are among the first educators to teach GIS software programs and their applications at the high


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