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Finding Your Way

March 7, 2014

A Look Into Maps, Coordinates, and Grids

By Daniel H. Vestal, AmeriCorps Museum Investigate Lab Educator

Even though this class had been delayed a few times because of ice and snow this class was on point! Eleven students, plus education staff, volunteers and myself, an AmeriCorps member, all gathered at the predetermined coordinates …The Natural World Investigate Lab on February 19, 2014.

These young explorers practiced the basics of reading maps, grids, coordinates, longitude and latitude with a brief history of the science. Participants even built an Ottoman/quadrant sun compass combo for their take-home activity. Using this combined navigational tool, students will be able to find north and their latitude. So they’ll never be lost!

Quadrant and Ottoman activity

Quadrant and Ottoman sun compass activity

These student explorers also participated in an activity where they used laminated paper clocks to determine their longitude on a map. Once the coordinates were marked and positions verified, the dots were connected, and to their surprise it spelled out “WOW”!

"WOW" displayed on the map of the world.

“WOW” displayed on the map of the world.

The animated instructors were enthusiastic and able to capture each individual’s attention with the assistance of a PowerPoint presentation, humor, and fun hands-on activities.

If I were a future visitor, I know where I’d navigate to … the Natural World Investigate Lab!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mickey Jo permalink
    March 12, 2014 3:39 pm

    Nice work. Looks like fun.

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