GPS - Harnessing a new technology

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1. What do the letters GPS stand for?


2. History of GPS - list 3 history facts about this technology.


3. How does GPS work? FAA resources


4. How was GPS harnessed at the World Trade Center?


5. How can GPS help those with Alzheimer’s disease?


6. What do you think of this example of how a GPS chip can be used?


7. Your Uncle Joe and Aunt Dot are farmers. Write a paragraph about how GPS can help them work the land.


8. The Traffic Aid system is a new way of using GPS data from cell phones. Give an example of its use.


9. Give four ways the GPS can be useful in public safety issues.


10. GPS Is Smartening Up Your Cell Phone. How does Mologogo empower people?


11. The Census Bureau is collecting data about homes that they are keeping a secret. Do you agree?
Should census data about a community be kept a secret when that data was collected and managed using tax dollars?


12. How much does an individual pay to use the GPS information?


13. GPS Privacy Concerns Hard to Navigate Listen
Which GOS use causes you the greatest concern? Why?


Listen and consider: Google Street View Captures Boston in Controversial Detail.
How would it bother you?




bullet An engaging thing to do with a GPS receiver is geocaching.

What is this?

Where is the closest one to you?

Check out the Degree Confluence Project. What is the closest degree confluence to your home?


bullet Technology reveals new worlds to map | bullet Green Maps Around the World

bullet Understanding and Using GIS | bullet GeoWeb - Be a cyber cartographer - problem based learning project

bullet Tree Inventory & Map Project | bullet A Matter of Scale | * NatureMapping

bullet Geocaching | bullet Cars - Individual Privacy, Public Safety and Justice

bullet Gap Analysis is a scientific means for assessing habitats & if native animal & plant species are being protected.

Jobs related - The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for Surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and surveying technicians grew by 21% in 2006 Much faster than average growth. Increasing demand for fast, accurate, and complete geographic information is expected to lead to new jobs for these workers.

Geoscientists jobs grew by 22% in 2006. Much faster than average growth. The need for energy, environmental protection, and land and water management is expected to spur growth. Those with a master’s degree should have excellent opportunities, especially in the management, scientific, and technical consulting industry. Budget constraints are expected to limit opportunities in governments.

Explore The power of a map and people
American Murder Mystery - A criminologist and a housing expert, each engaged in separate, unrelated research, have discovered an overlap between the destruction of inner city housing projects and an increase in crime in historically quiet neighborhoods. CSPAN Washington Journal 6/26/2008 - Hanna Rosin discusses her article about the Memphis research and the impact the findings could have on the national effort to diffuse inner-city poverty. Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic, July/August 2008. Consequences from the Redistribution of Urban Poverty During the 1990's, A Cautionary Tale by George C. Galster

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Aligned with PA Academic Standards for Science and Technology
3.8 Science, Technology and Human Endeavors

3.8.4 A. Know that people select, create and use science and technology and that they are limited by social and physical restraints. • Identify and describe positive and negative impacts that influence or result from new tools and techniques. • Identify how physical technology (e.g., construction, manufacturing, transportation), informational technology and biotechnology are used to meet human needs. • Describe how scientific discoveries and technological advancements are related. • Identify interrelationships among technology, people and their world. • Apply the technological design process to solve a simple problem. A. Know how human ingenuity and technological resources satisfy specific human needs and improve the quality of life. • Identify and distinguish between human needs and improving the quality of life. • Identify and distinguish between natural and human-made resources. • Describe a technological invention and the resources that were used to develop it. A. Know the pros and cons positive and negative impacts.

3.8.7 A. Explain how sciences and technologies are limited in their effects and influences on society. • Identify and describe the unavoidable constraints of technological design. • Identify changes in society as a result of a technological development. • Identify and explain improvements in transportation, health, sanitation and communications as a result of advancements in science and technology and how they effect our lives. B. Explain how human ingenuity and technological resources satisfy specific human needs and improve the quality of life. • Identify interrelationships between systems and resources. • Identify and describe the resources necessary to solve a selected problem in a community and improve the quality of life. C. Identify the pros and cons of applying technological and scientific solutions to address problems and the effect upon society.