The Global Positioning System as a science fair project

Science fair has returned for my son, and after several discussions with the teacher about potential projects finally have passed one with which he was jumping three feet for joy … I almost, both because it is a subject that fascinates us . Also because this project is original, we decided not to search more on the Internet what all have done and the main reason why half are
often discarded or repeated.

Despite being a critical year because the 13 is just that stage when they start to question authority, life injustices, between children and adolescent it has touched me to devote more time to issues that we do not necessarily share. A great guy, with a promising future in the world of marketing and technology … but with still several years to regain his self-esteem in what goes and separate what is worthless to focus.

 The photo on the right seems like yesterday, when I won the family repudiation by applying the ‘zero’ knife. Haha, they claimed for it several days, which now do not matter because that picture was awesome.

Returning to the project theme the purpose is to present the performance of the GPS system. For this we have to work the weekend, making space between the noise caused by the mother’s day, we must build a world model, with orbits of the wire satellite constellation, continents drawn, latitudes and longitudes. With this will explain how geographic coordinates works, how gravity can put
objects into orbit and reception of this signal from devices with integrated GPS.

Then with an iPad will show where the satellites are, that while not seen, there is an application that simulates their turning on the sky.

And will finally explain how this system, along with the gps receiver that now bring mobile phones and developed applications allow geolocation, showing Google Earth and the location where they are at school. Oh, that I want to see because the toy is handled by him as if he were a Game Boy.

So, unlike the stress of the past weekend with the site’s crash, now I have a lot of fun, I also have to buy a good lining to protect the iPad from any accident, train the boy so that instead of repeating as a parrot over explain something more than just geography and especially train him for not generating distraction bluffing with his ability to play Iron-man … as only he can!

Last year with the methane gas stove took first place in the classroom, in the school and college fair in the capital. In contrast, this time is not going in a group, and … in an exciting topic.

We’ll see how it goes…

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