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New! GPS and Navigation
If you are navigating to find a terrific lesson on GPS (global positioning system) that incorporates math, geography, and science, then you have finally arrived! This is an ideal STEM lesson in which high schoolers learn the history of GPS, read maps using Google Earth, convert latitude and longitude into minutes and seconds, practice triangulation and trilateration, and more! You will use the included PowerPoint and videos to teach, then turn learners loose to solve real-world problems.
Learners are introduced to the concept of stellar navigation. Inside a portable digital planetarium they identify various stars that were used as a navigational tool. They go through several activities in which they attempt to identify their location on earth (in latitude and longitude measurements) using the night sky.
Students investigate the concept of star mapping and how it is used in space navigation. They conduct various activities to see the effect of mapping. Also the teacher uses models and demonstrations in order to communicate the main objectives of the lesson.
Learners explore the features of the TI-73 Explorer calculator and the TI-Navigator. In this secondary mathematics lesson, students examine the menus and capabilities of the TI-73 and the TI-Navigator. This is a complete guide, including sources for technical support.
High schoolers explore the different methods used in celestial Navigation and astronavigation. In this math lesson, students construct a sextant and demonstrate how it works.
Students explore nautical charts used for navigation. In this marine navigation lesson plan, students determine distance and direction between features on nautical charts, they identify obstacles and they identify characteristics of common aid to navigation. Students answer 12 questions using a nautical chart. They transfer the angle of a line to another point using parallel rules and drafting triangles in order to determine direction using a compass rose.
Middle schoolers examine historical methods of navigation. They discuss the techniques of "Dead Reckoning," "Heaving the Log," and "Chip Log," pretend to sail from Europe to North America using vectors and determine the location of their landfall, and take a quiz.
Middle schoolers take a close look at the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation system. They study how the Army Corps of Engineers built and monitor the system. Learners discover how a lock and a dam work, and study three benefits of having a dam built on a river: navigation, flood control, and recreation. An worthwhile lesson plan even for people who don't live in Arkansas.
Students observe how math is important in navigation and engineering. They study how surveyors use math and science to calcute, count, measure, label, and indicate distances on a map. They estimate specific distances.
Students explore the concept of triangulation that is used in navigation satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. They determine ways these technologies can help people determine their position or the location of someone else.
Learners work together to discover the importance of charts while navigating. They complete a worksheet and practice reading maps. They create their own nautical chart to complete the lesson.
Students investigate fractals using a TI Navigator. In this geometry lesson, students create geometric representation of Cantor dust. They explore and model characteristics of functions.
Students experience navigation. In this celestial navigation lesson, students create an astrolabe. Students simulate locating the North Star in Second Life.
Young scholars study the basic concepts of the Global Positioning System and how it increases the accuracy of navigation. They examine trilateration and how the speed of light is used to calculate distances.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of navigation while research is conducted with the use of a variety of resources. The information is used to expand their perspective of the applications for navigation. The lesson includes background information for the teacher to use.
Learners discover how to navigate websites. In this Civil War lesson, students conduct research on slavery as they visit a website to experience oral, written, and digital texts and performances by slaves from the Civil War era.
Learners explore and examine how maps have been used in navigation. They research how travelers collected observations to keep track of their positions and plotted information on maps. Each student then makes a Mercator projection similar to the one Lewis and Clark used.
Young scholars, while in the computer lab, log in and go to the American Education System to complete a lesson on the American Education System unit. They review all the terms they may see pop up on their screens (link, save, shift, space, enter, etc.). Each student practices how to navigate from one page to the next in the lesson.
Young scholars create background pictures for their documents using Navigator. In this technology lesson, students explore ways to incorporate images into their activity. They can upload a picture to work on, or use one from the internet.
While many of our learners aren't going to be out in the wilderness on their own, it is important for them to understand why we stress the importance of maps, compasses, and thinking skills. This short clip describes what is needed to safely navigate the wilderness.