Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science

GPS (Global Positioning System) Activities

To plot data on Google Earth from a table of waypoints

gpsGPS Information

Sample Activity - Mammoth Mt.


To plot GPS data from your device to your computer:

  1. Connect GPS device to computer. This is done with a USB or serial cable.
  2. GPS & computer syncing. When using a Mac and Garmin GPS, you may need the GPS Garmin Communicator Plugin to communicate between Garmin GPS and computer.
  3. Convert GPS files into desired format. Use GPSBabel or similar software to convert the native files in the GPS device to gpx or kml (kmz) files.
  4. Plot the data using TrailRunner , Google Earth, GPS Vizualizer, or similar GPS mapping software