Droning for Dinosaurs

SCIENCE Scientists are going high-tech to survey thousands of fossilized tracks in remote Western Australia. (BBC) Use our resources to dig deeper into the world of dinosaurs. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s dino-riffic MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Paleontologists in Australia are using drones to look for dinosaur fossils. What are drones? A drone is an unmanned aircraft … Continue reading Droning for Dinosaurs

GIS, Community Action, and Drone Flying!

This summer, Tim Hawthorne was proud to teach the next generation of GISers at the Urban Atlanta Geospatial STEM Academy—work that earned space as a finalist for the Fourth Annual STEM Education Awards. He has 10 years of teaching experience and is the former coordinator of the Georgia Geographic Alliance. He recently relocated and is now part of the faculty at the University of Central Florida.  Topics: GIS, Student-Driven Projects, Community Action, and Drone … Continue reading GIS, Community Action, and Drone Flying!

Cute Rover, Cute Rover, Send Robo-Penguin Right Over

SCIENCE Scientists have built a rover that looks like a fluffy penguin chick, allowing it to sneak around Antarctic colonies and get close to individual birds without ruffling too many feathers along the way. (Los Angeles Times) Watch Nat Geo photographer Paul Nicklen play the part of robo-penguin to get amazing footage of these “Emperors of the Ice.” Teachers, scroll all the way down for … Continue reading Cute Rover, Cute Rover, Send Robo-Penguin Right Over

US Announces Test Sites for Domestic Drones

UNITED STATES The US aviation regulator has announced the six states that will host sites for testing commercial use of drones. (BBC) Plot the test sites on our 1-Page Map of the United States. Use different markers for different tests, and guess where the (unannounced) tests on the West Coast will be. Discussion Ideas The test sites described in the BBC article are being tested … Continue reading US Announces Test Sites for Domestic Drones