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ERIC Number: EJ828717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
A Geospatial Scavenger Hunt
Martinez, Adriana E.; Williams, Nikki A.; Metoyer, Sandra K.; Morris, Jennifer N.; Berhane, Stephen A.
Science Scope, v32 n6 p18-23 Feb 2009
With the use of technology such as Global Positioning System (GPS) units and Google Earth for a simple-machine scavenger hunt, you will transform a standard identification activity into an exciting learning experience that motivates students, incorporates practical skills in technology, and enhances students' spatial-thinking skills. In the activity described here, seventh-grade science students use GPS units to locate, identify, and describe the location of simple machines on their middle school campus. Then, by importing the GPS points into a file that is viewed in Google Earth, students view the relative location of the simple machines to the school from an aerial perspective. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A