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P8. Introduction to GPS and GIS (Project Unit)

This project lab currently consists of a two lectures and a two labs. The final project involves creating a GIS map of a problem that exists in the students neighborhood, state, or country.

NOTE: Lab 1 uses Google Earth to explore the use of GPS location coordinates. A far more rewarding lab would be one that actually takes students outside and has them try and find real world locations based on a given set of GPS coordinates. However, since it cannot be assumed that students will have access to GPS units, lab 1 only require access to computers running the free version of Google Earth.

Lectures

This unit currently has two lectures.
Lecture 1: GPS, Companion Document
Lecture 2: GIS

Labs

These labs correspond with the lectures above and are designed to be completed AFTER each lecture.
Lab 1: Google Earth.
Lab 2: Many Eyes - Geographic Projection

Projects

The final project involves creating a GIS map of a problem that exists in the students neighborhood, state, or country.