Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way with 25 Projects

Mapping and Navigation: Explore the History and Science of Finding Your Way with 25 Projects

How did we get from 20-foot-long maps to GPS devices small enough to fit in the palm of our hands? How does GPS work and what can it tell us? How do ancient mapmaking techniques used by the Romans and Greeks influence the satellite technologies we use today? The history of mapmaking is full of remarkable characters who charted the unknown with an ever-changing set of tools. In Mapping and Navigation: The History and Science of Finding Your Way, kids ages 9–12 will learn the history and science behind the evolution of mapmaking, and how much is still out there for discovery.

Readers will explore ideas through hands-on experiments while learning new terminology and interesting facts. Projects include using triangulation to measure distances, creating contour lines on a mini-mountain to understand elevation changes on a map, and inventing a sundial and compass to understand the basics of navigation. Whether mapping the solar system or mapping their own backyard, all readers will be able to understand mapping technologies and see the world in new and exciting ways.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $16.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL V

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Geography
  • US History
  • World History
  • STEM - STEAM

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How did we get from 20-foot-long maps to GPS devices small enough to fit in the palm of our hands? How does GPS work and what can it tell us? How do ancient mapmaking techniques used by the Romans and Greeks influence the satellite technologies we use today? The history of mapmaking is full of remarkable characters who charted the unknown with an ever-changing set of tools. In Mapping and Navigation: The History and Science of Finding Your Way, kids ages 9–12 will learn the history and science behind the evolution of mapmaking, and how much is still out there for discovery.

Readers will explore ideas through hands-on experiments while learning new terminology and interesting facts. Projects include using triangulation to measure distances, creating contour lines on a mini-mountain to understand elevation changes on a map, and inventing a sundial and compass to understand the basics of navigation. Whether mapping the solar system or mapping their own backyard, all readers will be able to understand mapping technologies and see the world in new and exciting ways.


Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus, Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Mapping and Navigation is written in an exciting manner that children will immediately gravitate toward. The illustrations perfectly enhance the geographic concepts being presented in each chapter. Most importantly, this book succeeds in its core mission, to introduce children to the world of navigation, mapmaking, and map use. Mapping and Navigation is packed full of fun projects and activities, providing kids with an active learning experience. I highly recommend this book for any child that is curious about geography, maps, and exploring the world around them. My daughters will certainly be reading it in the near future!”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Mapping and Navigation is a perfect STEM title and a wonderful resource for students in grades 4–7. It encourages students to draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.”

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Make Your Own Sundial

Shadows change direction depending on the time of day. As the earth rotates and the sun moves across the sky, shadows also move. In the morning, your shadow will stretch out behind you to the west, but in the evening it will stretch to the east. The shadow on your sundial does the same thing.

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Cynthia Light Brown

Cynthia Light Brown is a founding partner and vice president of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions with 21 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland was born and raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA and from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011 with a MFA in Comics. Beth is currently a member of the Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching comics.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: V
Subjects: Engineering & Technology, Geography, US History, World History, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus, Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Mapping and Navigation is written in an exciting manner that children will immediately gravitate toward. The illustrations perfectly enhance the geographic concepts being presented in each chapter. Most importantly, this book succeeds in its core mission, to introduce children to the world of navigation, mapmaking, and map use. Mapping and Navigation is packed full of fun projects and activities, providing kids with an active learning experience. I highly recommend this book for any child that is curious about geography, maps, and exploring the world around them. My daughters will certainly be reading it in the near future!”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Mapping and Navigation is a perfect STEM title and a wonderful resource for students in grades 4–7. It encourages students to draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.”


Projects

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Make Your Own Sundial

Shadows change direction depending on the time of day. As the earth rotates and the sun moves across the sky, shadows also move. In the morning, your shadow will stretch out behind you to the west, but in the evening it will stretch to the east. The shadow on your sundial does the same thing.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Cynthia Light Brown

Cynthia Light Brown is a founding partner and vice president of Clover Leaf Environmental Solutions with 21 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in pollution prevention, toxicology, and risk assessment. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland was born and raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA and from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011 with a MFA in Comics. Beth is currently a member of the Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching comics.