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NSTA is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to present an exciting Symposium for middle and high school level educators (grades 5-12) on the topics of the Global Positioning and geodesy -what they are, how they're used, and why you can't live without them! This event is a blended professional development opportunity including this face-to-face learning opportunity at the conference followed by several online experiences-a discussion listserv and two NSTA Web Seminars-that extend interactivity between participants and NOAA staff.
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Program Overview

Symposium participants work on program activities This half-day symposium focuses on the global positioning system (GPS) and the science behind it (geodesy), how GPS and geodesy are used in innumerable everyday applications, and how you can use GPS and geodesy to teach math, geography, and Earth science to your students. NOAA scientists and education specialists will share their expertise and assist participants in linking this content to hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities. All activities will address National Science Education Standards topics.

All participants will receive educational materials and information regarding electronically available resources at NOAA. A raffle of fantastic prizes will take place at the end of the program. Refreshments will be provided.

Graduate credit may be available at an additional cost to participants. To receive graduate credit, participants must pay a nominal fee and complete an action plan and a lesson plan. All Symposium participants will receive a certificate from NSTA stating the number of seating hours (4.5 hours).


Saturday, March 31, 2007
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the face-to-face Symposium at the Conference, two Web Seminars featuring the presenters of GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are? will be held in following weeks. Participants will also be invited to join with the presenters in a moderated discussion listserv.

Through the use of spatial reference systems created by geodesists any location on the Earth can be located quickly and accurately. (Image Source: ETOPO2 global elevation data and NOAA web site).


The Symposium will take place in Room 230 of the America's Center Convention Center, in St. Louis, MO. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing if necessary.


Participants will pay a $44 advance registration fee or $49 onsite at the Conference. This fee covers the cost of the refreshments and folder materials. Travel, meals, lodging, general conference registration, and graduate credit fees (where applicable) are the responsibility of participants. Register today!


Meet the scientists and educational specialists who will be presenting at the NOAA/NSTA Symposium: GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?


See the Symposium agenda, including learning outcomes for the program and alignment with the National Science Education Standards.

Web Seminars

Two Web Seminars featuring the Symposium presenters are scheduled to take place after the face-to-face program in March. The Web Seminars begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Web Seminars are free, interactive, live sessions of online professional development. The 90-minute sessions feature NASA, FDA, NSF, and NOAA scientists, education experts, and NSTA Press authors. You do not have to attend the Symposium in order to participate in the Web Seminars.

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