Young scholars investigate various ways of determining local latitude using the night and daytime skies. They consider the problems of time-keeping.
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Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond
Ancient texts, like Homer's Odyssey, mentions navigating ships by observing constellations. Pupils learn about the link between history and astronomy as they relate to navigation in the Bronze Age. Scholars complete two hands-on...
9th - 11th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Sun Compass of the Vikings
Evidence shows the Vikings likely navigated by using a simple sundial to find their course. Videos, a short story, and discussion help bring this time period to life as they study European history with a hands-on experiment. Scholars...
7th - 10th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Bill Nye: How Not to Get Lost in Space
Can we use the stars to navigate if we're actually among them? Space-age scholars explore the precise planning that goes into long-distance exploratory missions using a video from THNKR's Why with Bill Nye! playlist. Bill Nye explains...
2 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Pigeon Story: How the Rock Dove Became the Sky Rat
After training, pigeons can recognize correctly spelled words among misspelled words. In addition, they can use number sense to count, memorize thousands of pictures, and use navigational aids humans don't understand. As part of a larger...
7 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable