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South Carolina Geographic Alliance Global Positioning Systems: Setting Up a GPS Course Mark Musselman Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest Harleyville, South Carolina Setting Up a GPS Course Sample course at Clay Hill Middle School Students will be divided into teams of 4 per GPS unit.

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south carolina geographic alliance global positioning systems setting up a gps course

South Carolina Geographic AllianceGlobal Positioning Systems:Setting Up a GPS Course

Mark Musselman

Audubon Center at

Francis Beidler Forest

Harleyville, South Carolina

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Setting Up a GPS Course

Sample course at Clay Hill Middle School

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Students will be divided into teams of 4 per GPS unit.

Using the GPS unit, each student will independently complete the practice sheet prior to navigating the course.

Setting Up a GPS Course

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

Each team will be given coordinates to a destination. The first student to navigate will load the coordinates into the GPS unit.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

After loading the coordinates, the first student will navigate to the destination.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

At the destination, the team will record the letter for that point and find new coordinates listed by their team’s number.

A

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A second team member will load the new coordinates to the GPS unit and navigate to the destination.

A

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

At the destination, the team will record the letter for that point and find new coordinates listed by their team’s number.

A

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

A third team member will load the new coordinates to the GPS unit and navigate to the destination.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

At the destination, the team will record the letter for that point and find new coordinates listed by their team’s number.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

The final team member will load the new coordinates to the GPS unit and navigate to the destination.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

The accuracy of the team’s route can be quickly determined by checking their route letters (EDAC).

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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If the team’s route is inaccurate, the separate legs of the route can be checked. Here the third student navigated erroneously from point D to point C.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

However, for this team, the correct destination from point C is point B. Therefore, the fourth student navigated correctly.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Setting Up a GPS Course

E

F

C

D

B

A

If necessary, more than one set of coordinate cards can be created to ensure students do not become familiar with the routes.

Starting Point

(south of driveway)

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Other Sample Courses

GPS, Map and Compass

http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/outreach/gps.html

“Cruise the Campus” (GCGA6T)

www.geocaching.com

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Conclusion

GPS technology continues to be incorporated into various aspects of our society. Understanding the concepts behind the technology as well as its use not only helps students address curriculum standards, it is an ever-increasing employment skill.

A simple campus-based navigation course is an easy, effective method for teaching students GPS skills and technology!