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Teachers, order a free copy of the "How GPS Works" poster for your classroom today! Or download an electronic version.

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Why the tractor?

Chris at CAST 2014 booth

NSTA Chicago, March 12-15, 2015

We will be distributing free copies of our "How GPS Works" poster to educators at the 2015 National Conference of the National Science Teachers Association in Chicago, Illinois. Look for Chris at the NOAA Education booth, #1358!

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.

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Teaching Resources

From NOAA Education

The following links lead to GPS-related lesson plans prepared for high school teachers by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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From GPS Adventures

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The creators of the GPS Adventures exhibit prepared "A Guide for Teachers and Students" featuring activities suitable for grades K-8.

From the Smithsonian

Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There

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 National Air & Space Museum!