The Global Positioning System is a U.S.-owned utility that provides users with positioning, navigation, and timing services.
GPS is an essential element of the global information infrastructure. The technology is in everything from cell phones and wristwatches to bulldozers, shipping containers, and ATM's.
"This constellation is flown by young professionals — some straight out of high school with some pretty intensive training... some out of college... some of them have engineering degrees and orbital science degrees."
Teachers, order a free copy of the "How GPS Works" poster for your classroom today. Or download and print it yourself.
We will distribute free copies of the GPS poster at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Look for Chris at the NOAA Education booth (#635).
The following links lead to GPS-related lesson plans prepared for high school teachers by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The creators of the GPS Adventures exhibit prepared "A Guide for Teachers and Students" featuring activities suitable for grades K-8.
The Smithsonian Institution's Time and Navigation exhibit includes online teaching resources and rich multimedia related to GPS.
If you're planning a class trip to Washington, D.C., be sure to visit the exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum!
These links lead to GPS education pages at other government websites.