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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:

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Using GPS to Improve Science & Math

Robert Mayben

UA Technology in Motion


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Agenda

  • Presentation & Discussion(The White Chairs of Dover)

  • Semi-Hands-On Experience with GPS(The Food Court)


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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


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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


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GPS Receivers

  • Costs/Purchasing

  • Companies

  • Features


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Who’s using GPS?

  • Real World Applications

    • Government Agencies

    • Army Corps of Engineers

    • Forestry

  • AMSTI

  • Classroom Teachers

  • Recreational Applications

    • Hunting, Fishing, Hiking

    • Geocaching


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What is Geocaching?

  • Adventure game for GPS users

  • www.geocaching.com

  • Caches

  • Finding & Logging Caches


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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


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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.


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