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.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2009Stock # ss09_032_06_18Volume 032Issue 06

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