For: Year 10, 11 and 12 students
This workshop explores a wide range of concepts in the field of Geospatial Science, from map making to environmental surveys and collecting GPS location data. It also explores how satellites work and how numerous satellites are needed to acquire accurate location data.
Since the introduction of publically available access to global positioning system (GPS) satellites, Geospatial Science has become part of daily life with GPS systems in cars and phones, and the use of GPS coordinates in activities such as geocaching. Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt, where participants are given the GPS coordinates for a hidden geocache. Students will get the opportunity to put this knowledge to use in Geocaching activities on campus.
What will students do?
In this workshop, students learn about how satellite systems are used to determine locations.
- Investigate the complexities of turning the surface of the Earth into a flat, rectangular map
- Participate in Geocaching on the university campus
- Complete an environmental survey
- Collect location data to add to a map
The session concludes by examining environmental and humanitarian issues that can be improved with GPS data collection and map making.
- As this program is a practical activity, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed in shoes and appropriate dress.
- Teachers will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information.