Whether you want to just learn the basics of GPS or to use Smart Phones and GPS receivers to collect data from the field. Students learn the how GPS receivers work and how to record GPS coordinates and how to map them. This lesson matches Standard: 18.104.22.168.1 (Minnesota History: How and why land was changed over time)
Students at Hedgesville HS in West Virginia under Ken Pekarek's guidance completed over 1000 individual Wildfire Hazard Home Assessments using GPS receivers, The Map to the Right is a sample map of the assessments completed. Click on the section links below to open a Section Map with Wildfire Hazard Ratings for each home. It will give you the following information: # of homes assessed; # of homes and their aggregate fire risk score at Extreme, Very High Risk, High Risk, and Low to Moderate Risk and the AVERAGE SCORE for the assessed section.
The sections include: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, Walden Woods, Woods II – Club House Ridge and East Wintercamp Trl., Woods II – Nemocolin Trl., Woods II – Rising Sun Rd
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