A hands-on navigation technology workshop to support the math options for girls program

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Abstract

The Penn State Erie Math Options Program addresses a national issue: women are vastly underrepresented in the fields of math, science, engineering, and computer technology even at a time when expertise in these fields is in high demand. National Science Foundation statistics show that only 12% of all engineers are women, and even fewer are minority women. The Math Options Program is designed to help increase the numbers of women and minority women entering careers in math, science, engineering, and computer technology through encouragement, support, workshop-based activities, role modeling, and mentoring. The program also focuses on the study of math as the foundation for science-based college major choices and careers. Since Spring 2000, Penn State Erie has offered hands-on Navigation Technology Education workshops for female students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Over one-hundred students and their math and science teachers have participated in the outdoor on-campus workshops "Measuring Distances Using Satellite Navigation" and either the "Scavenger" or "Search and Rescue" workshop. These workshops allow students to use G PS as a means of applying the math and science they are learning in school to solving real-world navigation problems. Additionally, the workshops allow a natural progression into supplementary demonstrations using geographical information system (GIS) mapping and discussions on careers in areas such as cartography, mapping and geodesy. Following each workshop, the young students are also are encouraged to reflect on navigation technology of the past, present and future; and how navigation technology is indeed an important application of the math and science concepts taught in grade school and beyond. This paper will describe, in detail, the workshop in which distances are measured by using satellite navigation and the Pythagorean theorem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication60th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation
Pages250-256
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2004
Event60th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation - Dayton, OH, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2004Jun 9 2004

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Other60th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation
CountryUnited States
CityDayton, OH
Period6/7/046/9/04

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Technical presentations
Navigation
Students
science
engineering science
career
Satellites
computer science
Geodesy
school grade
minority
women's issues
student
Information systems
cartography
Demonstrations
Education
female student
mentoring
Statistics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Transportation
  • Aerospace Engineering

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Gray, R., & Hemminger, T. L. (2004). A hands-on navigation technology workshop to support the math options for girls program. In 60th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation (pp. 250-256)
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Gray, R & Hemminger, TL 2004, A hands-on navigation technology workshop to support the math options for girls program. in 60th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation. pp. 250-256, 60th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Navigation, Dayton, OH, United States, 6/7/04.

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