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Middle schoolers build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They write a play about life aboard steamboats and perform for the school. Students visit historical sites related to this study. This is the 11th in a series of lessons.
Pupils research how engineers and scientists generate linear and angular measurements with geometry to survey the Earth and Mars. They assess how geometric shapes affect navigation. A surveyor comes to the classroom and explains how he surveys locations to describe the techniques he uses to show how geometry and math are used in surveying.
In this polygons lesson, students explore TI-Navigator software by creating polygons. The teacher leads students through three problems that direct them to create, manipulate, and take measurements of three polygons. Step by step instructions include exactly what buttons to push and screen images of the software are provided. One of the tools in the software makes student answers available for assessment as well.
Students investigate why the North Star was important for navigation, how stars move across the night sky, how to locate the North Star, how to make a crude sextant, and how to determine latitude using a sextant and the North Star. They make a sextant and then determine the angle of elevation relative to the horizon of the North Star.