Monday, January 26, 2009

GPS Waypoints to AEJEE

Do you have ArcExplorer Java Edition for Education (AEJEE) installed on your computer? Do you have GPS waypoints that you want to add to an AEJEE map project?

See the attached file for the steps to manually transfer GPS waypoints to AEJEE.

TIP: Don't forget the negative symbol for the Hawaii longitude coordinate... we are West of the Prime Meridian! (-x, y = longitude,latitude)


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Math and Engineering Related GPS Lessons

TEACH Engineering: Resources for K-12

This website has some excellent lessons that clearly emphasize mathematical concepts in GPS use. When you get to the home page, use the "Curriculum Search" field in the upper right corner and type in GPS to see what they currently have. Or go directly to the GPS lessons by clicking HERE.

When I last looked, here are just a few of the lessons available:
Navigating at the Speed of Satellites
GPS on the Move
Where is Here?
Where Am I: Navigation and Satellites

Fun with GPS Book

Are you interested in learning more about GPS and some fun ways to integrate it into math and science curriculum?

Check out the book Fun with GPS by Donald Cooke.

For more information on the book, chapter updates, and more, visit the website companion to the book:

Hawaii Math Teachers are Using GPS!

At the Hawaii Council of Mathematics Teachers T3 Conference held on January 16 & 17, 2009 on Oahu, math teachers learned to use GPS! We calculated the circumference of the Earth, looked at how the latitude and longitude mapping system is based on mathematical coordinate systems, and learned to connect GPS to GIS with Google Earth!

Friday, January 16, 2009

GIS Training for Maui EAST Students

Congratulations to the students from Baldwin HS, Maui HS, and King Kekaulike HS who completed the two day GIS Training this past December!

Free Online Mapping Tools


National Geographic Map Machine

The National Atlas

Pacific Disaster Center

UH SOEST Coastal Imagery & Maps

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Find the Math in GPS Use by Measuring the Earth

With at least two GPSs, students can engage in a fun activity to literally measure the circumference of the Earth!

For two versions of lessons on this, see the attached files.

Measuring the Circumference of the Earth by Joseph Kerski, ESRI K12 Education
This is a fabulous lesson with many extension.

Measuring the Circumference of the Earth by Diana Papini Warren, Women in Technology
This is a simplified version of Joseph's lesson with easy to use tables for the calculations!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

GIS Career Pathways Website

GIS Pathway
Learn more about training, education, job opportunities in the field of GIS!