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Wearable GPS tracking device by GPSports Systems, 2003

This is a wearable SPI10 Sports Performance Indicator GPS tracking device designed and made by GPSports Systems in Australia and Vietnam in 2003. It is yellow and black, features four black buttons down the left side, has a small screen and is labelled 'GPSPORTS / SPI10'.

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Mapping farmland: using area and trigonometry

In northern Queensland's Gulf region, some farmers use GPS mapping to help manage their extensive properties. Use this clip as a context for applying your understanding of area, in particular your understanding of conversion between square kilometres and hectares. Apply trigonometry and Pythagoras' theorem.

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Using lasers to fight coastal erosion?

Coastal settlements are often battered by forces of erosion. See how planners use accurate, reliable data about the changing coastline to combat erosion. Take a trip to the beach to see how technology, including GPS and airborne laser systems (Lidar), are lending a hand.


How Global Positioning System (GPS) works

This teaching resource outlines an activity for students to use trilateration to mark and locate a position. Students use string and three stationary objects to mark a point, then move the string, and other students relocate the point. This activity models how three circles with different centres can only intersect at one ...

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Adopt a drifter

This is a video resource describing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 'Adopt a drifter' program, which enables students to learn about ocean currents in real time. The video features drifting buoys that are designed to measure and transmit sea-surface temperature and positional data for about 400 ...

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Ocean as lab: whale tagging

This is a video resource, narrated by an ecologist, that describes research being carried out into whales in Antarctica to investigate their behaviour and feeding patterns under the ice. The video shows the technique used to tag whales (primarily humpbacks), which sleep during the day and feed on krill and other prey at ...

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Dash4Cache - Digital Citizenship

A page with a focus on geocaching and QR codes. Contains activities and links to stimulus material. One of a series of laptop-friendly digital citizenship resources.

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GPS as a tool for teaching spatial awareness

This teacher describes the teaching of mathematics as giving students 'tools in a toolbox'. The tools are the basic skills of mathematics. The teacher encourages students to understand that once they have the right tools, they can then build upon these to tackle more complex mathematics problems. In order to reinforce basic ...

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Taronga Zoo - Rainforest heroes: iPad app

This iPad app provides an experience of Taronga Zoo's stunning Wild Asia rainforest trail. Guided by volunteer researcher Heidi Greentree and a GPS map, students create a PDF field report using the photographs they have taken, observations made and information collected. This can be emailed for further research and discussion ...

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Is Big Brother watching you shop?

Should data from your phone be available to help retailers provide shoppers with a better experience? Mobile phone data about our movements and shopping habits can be gathered by companies and on-sold to retailers. As the tracking technology continues to roll out, some people are questioning its legality.

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Bringing Military Science to Life: STEM careers

This is a unit of work about military science, the occupations that use military science and the future and ethics of this technology. This resource aims to have students think about the people who work in military science (who they are and what it is they do); and to begin to consider the purpose of military science (that ...