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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

These links have been carefully selected and were considered relevant and suitable for school use at the time of checking. Clicking on them will take you to other web sites over which we have no control. If you have any doubts or concerns please check what is at the other end before using them in lessons. If you find any broken, re-directed or dead links please let us know.

  • * GPS Activities
    Ideas for using GPS in your lessons. The lessons are based on class use of a hand help GPS unit, and it is assumed that your class can be allowed outside in an open space. The plans include an overview and details of the vocabulary, equipment,concepts and learning activities. Suitable for teachers and older students wanting some fun learning based around a GPS unit.

    * GPS Beacons
    Locations of GPS Beacons round the world. This site lists the locations of Trimble GPS Beacons around the world. You select your own country from the menu to see a list of relevant Beacons. GPS Beacons are designed to improve marine navigation by GPS and to reduce the annoying error added to the signals by the US Military.

    * How a GPS Receiver Works
    A useful site that explains how GPS sets work. The text is clear and well written, providing a good introduction to,and overview of, the way a GPS handset can tell you your location.

    * How GPS Works
    The site contains three good tutorials covering how GPS functions, how to use GPS, and also Differential GPS. This is the same company that provided the GPS Beacons link.

    * How To use GPS
    A very useful site that explains how to use GPS in a slightly more advanced way than simply wandering around looking at an arrow on a lcd display. It considers how to conduct a static survey, an RTK survey and setting up a base station. This material is suited to teachers and advanced students.

    * Scanex
    Scanex is a commercial company that specializes in satellite remote sensing, data acquisition and distribution. They provide free archived images from the Resurs-01 satellite and from the Mia Space Station.

    * Talking about the GPS
    Another informative guide to GPS that would be of great benefit to people new to GPS technology, or teachers about to use GPS with a class. The guide doesn't go into great detail but provided a clear explanation of the different parts of a GPS system. A good introductory document.

    * US Coast Guard
    Frequently asked questions about GPS navigation are answered by the US Coast Guard. This site provided very good information in the form of answers to frequently asked questions.

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