Social Studies

Explore! the History and Science of Astrolabes, Compasses, and Navigation

Ever wonder how early explorers discovered new lands and were able to return home? This one day class reviews the history and science of early navigation using astrolabes and compasses.
328 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 5 learners

55 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Fri Jun 17

Meet once (1 day)
6pm - 6:55pm

Wed Aug 31

Meet once (1 day)
3pm - 3:55pm

Thu Sep 1

Meet once (1 day)
4pm - 4:55pm

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Class Experience

Sequence the history of the astrolabe and compass
Recall the purpose of the astrolabe and compass
Explain how the astrolabe and compass work using science principles
Explain why these early navigation tools are still in use today by modern armies and navies. 
Students may want to make their own compass to use at home and practice using one in their own backyards or trails. 
For making a compass at home see the included file posted on the day of class: cork, needle, magnet (fridge magnet works fine), pliers.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Nearpod
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Building a homemade compass involves the use of a pin or needle. Parent supervision is warranted depending on the age of the child. No child should be left to explore on their own in the woods or water. 
Smithsonian Magazine: Story of the Astrolabe
How Stuff Works
National Park Service


K. Guthriegabs
Lives in the United States
Kim Guthrie M.Ed., M. Ed. Admin.
328 total reviews
412 completed classes

About Me

I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

 I speak French and love to travel to countries where I can immerse... 
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