Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Using GPS & Google Earth for Science Scavenger Hunt

What a great day yesterday was! Tom Stahley, Denece Lord, Doug Van Zee and I created a scavenger hunt and posted our results onto Google Earth and created a .kmz file that we can share with others.

Integrating Technology into the Science Classroom:
The objective of our scavenger hunt was to identify signs of chemical weathering, oxidation, biological weathering, abrasion, and frost wedging.

We created a worksheet that contained the items we needed to find. Once we discovered an item on our scavenger hunt list, we recorded a waypoint into our GPS, recorded it on our worksheet, and wrote a short description of what we were looking at. We then took a digital picture of the item.

When we finished collecting data on all of the items on our scavenger hunt list, we came back to the Lincoln Center and entered our data into Google Earth. We collaborated to create a .kmz file so that anyone could see our efforts. If you click on the .kmz file, it will open in Google Earth and show you our placemarks.

We are in the process of creating a teacher resource document and tutorials for this classroom project. Watch the blog for those in the near future!