GPS Satellites STEM

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In this lesson plan, they will trace the history of GPS (or global positioning system) from its early beginnings to its present-day uses. They will also learn how GPS works, and relate it to their own daily experiences. By the end of this lesson, students will have a greater understanding of the world around them and how technology affects their everyday lives.

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Description

Since the launch of the first GPS (global positioning system) satellite in 1978, this incredible technology has completely revolutionized the way we live and travel. Today, there are GPS satellites orbiting our planet 24/7, providing us with pinpoint accuracy wherever we go.

For students, learning about GPS is an opportunity to understand how one of the most important inventions of our time works. In this lesson plan, they will trace the history of GPS from its early beginnings to its present-day uses. They will also learn how GPS works, and relate it to their own daily experiences. By the end of this lesson, students will have a greater understanding of the world around them and how technology affects their everyday lives.

Additional information

grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Science, STEM

State Educational Standards

NGSS.HS-ESS1-4, NGSS.MS-ESS3, NGSS.MS-ESS2

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.