Using GPS to Improve Science & Math

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Transcript Using GPS to Improve Science & Math

Using GPS to Improve
Science & Math
Robert Mayben
UA Technology in Motion
Agenda
• Presentation & Discussion
(The White Chairs of Dover)
• Semi-Hands-On Experience with GPS
(The Food Court)
GPS Introduction
• Global Positioning System (2000)
• The GPS is made up of three parts:
– At least 24 satellites orbiting the
Earth
– Control and monitoring stations on
Earth
– The GPS receivers owned by users
GPS Receivers
• Electronic devices (cars, handheld)
• Determine your approximate location
(within around 6-20 feet) on the planet
• Coordinates: Longitude and Latitude
• Some units have maps, built-in
electronic compasses, & voice
navigation
GPS Receivers
• Costs/
Purchasing
• Companies
• Features
Who’s using GPS?
• Real World Applications
– Government Agencies
– Army Corps of Engineers
– Forestry
• AMSTI
• Classroom Teachers
• Recreational Applications
– Hunting, Fishing, Hiking
– Geocaching
What is Geocaching?
• Adventure game for GPS users
• www.geocaching.com
• Caches
• Finding & Logging Caches
GPS in the Classroom?
• Why? GIS2GPS & Teachers & Other Examples
• Math Ideas
– Math in the real world
– Geometry & Trigonometry
– Measurement/Scale/Distance
• Science Ideas
– Landforms
– Classifications
– Data Collection
End of Part 1
• Questions so far?
• We will proceed to the food court to
complete the session.
• In part 2, we will look at the GPS and
how to set-up GPS activities such as
scavenger hunts and puzzles.