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Inspiring Inquiring Minds: Using GPS in the Classroom. What is GPS?. GPS is funded by US Department of Defense (DOD). GPS stands for Global Positioning System. What is GPS?. The first GPS satellite was launched in 1978. The launch of the 24th satellite in 1994 completed the system. .

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what is gps
What is GPS?
  • GPS is funded by US Department of Defense (DOD).
  • GPS stands for Global Positioning System
what is gps3
What is GPS?
  • The first GPS satellite was launched in 1978.
  • The launch of the 24th satellite in 1994 completed the system.
what is gps4
What is GPS?
  • The GPS Constellation consists of 24 satellites that orbit the earth in 12 hours.
  • GPS receivers, receiving several satellites at the same time, can compute position, speed and time estimates.
how is the gps used
How is the GPS used?
  • Military Nursing
  • Forestry Emergency services
  • Biology Police
  • Fishing Automobiles
  • Hunting Ships
  • Boating Aircrafts
  • Racing
how does gps work
How does GPS work?
  • A GPS device receives signals from satellites orbiting the earth
  • Examples:
  • Real Time Satellite Tracking
  • Google Earth

Real Time Satellite Tracking

Hancock Creek Elementary School

Bayshore Elementary

Hector A. Cafferata Elementary School

what is geocaching
What is Geocaching?
  • One of the fastest growing “new” sports.
  • Has participants in many countries outside of the US and Canada.
  • Is a modern day active treasure hunting activity that allows you to use GPS – and therefore a “global address” – to locate a cache.
a good introduction
A Good Introduction
  • Geocaching Catching On
how do i find a cache
How Do I Find a Cache?
  • http://www.geocaching.com
to the left of the restrooms
To the left of the restrooms…

Read the directions carefully!

cache 2
Cache 2
  • Sometimes they are not so easy to find….
are there rules for geocaching
Are there rules for Geocaching?
  • Yes, there are:
    • 1. Take something from the cache
    • 2. Leave something in the cache
    • 3. Write about it in the logbook
    • 4. Do not move the cache
what do i need to start a geocache
What do I need to start a Geocache?
  • Container(s) with a lid – usually plastic and waterproof
  • At least one GPS device
  • Something to put in the cache