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Community Cartography
Joseph L. Hoffman
West Bloomfield High School
West Bloomfield, Michigan

Although Earth science students often work with maps, they have relatively little experience with the map-making process. The study of cartography provides a rich context in which students can explore the geography of a unique area of the earth while observing the effects of construction, population, and other impacts of urbanization. Community Cartography utilizes a laptop computer and a variety of other technologies to develop investigation plans, gather coordinates and images, analyze data, construct maps, describe land features, and build multimedia maps. Students focus their work by determining what is geographically unique about their community.

Download Community Cartography: cartog.pdf


High School Level

Controlling Robots
William Gidzak

Community Cartography
Joseph L. Hoffman

Aquatic Field Data
Jewel J. Reuter

Mapping by Satellite
Kay I. Wallace
and Cynthia Roepcke

Amusement Park Physics
Jerel L. Welker



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