Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way with 20 Projects
Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way with 20 Projects

Series: Build It Yourself   

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Annotation: An introduction to mapping technologies invites young readers to explore the world and the nighttime sky in exciting new ways, revealing how ancient techniques have influenced modern technologies while demonstrating key navigational concepts through hands-on experiments.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #5493619
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Hetland, Beth,
Pages: 122 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-619-30194-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-619-30194-8
Dewey: 623.89
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;7&12; This overview covers the history of mapmaking and navigational techniques and shows the connections between the past and the present. Many pages contain information about modern inventions and tools, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Google Earth. Approximately 20 activities are provided, including how to replicate ancient sundials and compasses. Informational sidebars and "Words2Know" appear on most pages; terms are also defined in the glossary. Despite these features, students will not find this book easy to use or particularly appealing. The maps, diagrams, and illustrations are all done in gray scale and often do not assist with better understanding. Students without a background in geography will find the content complex. The book has many good ideas for teachers to implement, but it will have limited independent use by youngsters.&12; Caroline Geck, Camden Street School Library, Newark, NJ
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School Library Journal (11/1/13)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 120) and index.
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: 1010L

How did we get from 20-foot-long maps to GPS devices small enough to fit in the palm of our hands? How does GPS work and what can it tell us? How do ancient mapmaking techniques used by the Romans and Greeks influence the satellite technologies we use today? The history of mapmaking is full of remarkable characters who charted the unknown with an ever-changing set of tools. In Mapping and Navigation: The History and Science of Finding Your Way , kids ages 9-12 will learn the history and science behind the evolution of mapmaking, and how much is still out there for discovery. Readers will explore ideas through hands-on experiments while learning new terminology and interesting facts. Projects include using triangulation to measure distances, creating contour lines on a mini-mountain to understand elevation changes on a map, and inventing a sundial and compass to understand the basics of navigation. Whether mapping the solar system or mapping their own backyard, all readers will be able to understand mapping technologies and see the world in new and exciting ways.

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