MARSDIAL: Show Me the Way to Go Home

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In this activity, students will learn how to determine the direction of true north using only a shadow cast by the Sun. If the students have performed Marsdial Activity #1, they will already be well acquainted with the materials they will be using in this activity. Students will develop skills in working with geometric measuring tools (compass) in a real-world application by measuring shadow lengths and angles and by using this information to achieve the goal of finding direction.

Tags: mars rover, navigation, sun, geometry

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NASA Approved Materials

Year2007
Grade Level6 - 8
Media TypeURL
File Size 4KB
Topics Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
Standards
Math
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Technology
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Science
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