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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.
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year old learners
learners per class
55 minute class
US Grade 3 - 6
Getting ready to sail the open seas, hike a mountain trail, or just curious about navigation? This one-time class is for you! Find out how early explorers were able to navigate unmapped lands and oceans without GPS equipment. We'll begin our lesson learning about the history of navigation equipment: astrolabe, compass, and sextant. Next, we'll examine the science behind how these tools worked 1,000 years ago and are still used today by modern navies. This interactive class will provide...
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:
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
Meet the teacher
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. Learners need to see the relevance of what they learn. Then, they...