What is GPS?
The Global Positioning System is a U.S.-owned utility that provides users with positioning, navigation, and timing services.
Who Uses GPS?
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.
The following links lead to GPS education pages at other government websites.
Resources for Teachers
The following links lead to GPS-related lesson plans prepared for high school teachers by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights the History of GPS
If your class is planning a trip to Washington, D.C., be sure to visit the National Air & Space Museum and its new exhibit on Time and Navigation. Also check out the exhibit's website, which is full of animations, learning resources, and more. Among other things, the exhibit describes how GPS was invented. Learn more