GPS Simulation (Extended Lesson)

In this multi-period lesson, students participate in an interactive group activity designed to explore how GPS satellites determine the location of a receiver on earth. Using Pythagoras's theorem, students can determine the distance that signals must travel between satellites and receivers, and use this information to find the location of other groups secretly-chosen cities on a map.

Includes:

  • Lesson plans: GPS Simulation (Extended Lesson)
  • Videos: The Global Positioning System and Relativity (approx. 8:31 min)
  • Activities: GPS Simulation; Energy in Satellites (worksheets and solutions)
  • Supplementary Materials: How does the GPS work? What is the GPS System? and more.

(Note: all lesson plans and worksheets provided as PDFs and modifiable MS Word documents) Using a model based perspective for science; this two day lesson will allow students to explore how GPS satellites determine the location of a receiver on Earth using a fun-filled activity with a little bit of math.

Intended Audience: Senior High (Gr 11-12)
Lesson Topics: Astronomy, Energy, Relativity
Price: Free