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Compass and GPS

This is a preliminary activity to the project of “interactive tourist map construction”. It allows students to understand the functioning of two sensors, present in the smartphone, which provide geolocation, called GPS and Compass.

In fact, thanks to GPS, it is possible to calculate the position of the smartphone referring to its distance from the satellites that it connects to, and the compass allows the user to calculate the position of north and therefore the orientation of the smartphone in space.

Main Idea

CreatorFederica Fiorio, Francesco Fieni, Nicola Parisi
SubjectPhysics, technology, IT
Length120 minutes
Pedagogical ApproachExplorative approach
CompetenciesScientific investigation, IT competencies, Data Collection, Conversion and Analysis.
Grades5-9
Link to the worksheetEnglish: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mfpYcYjdDQ99v2RR5HqQY7tZqlS5rZriZRL2G0E542s/edit?usp=sharing
Italian: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hA0dXdJ575Z2Yekoaj4sZx1Cj2_1t56DbcEcIxUKw9k/edit?usp=sharing

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