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Summary Page: Geospatial - the use of skills, tools and data by people in Canterbury
Term 2 starting 28 May 2013.



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Teachers - your students will love this one! Gizmos and gadgets that make us better understand our world. This trip fits really well with big ideas like planet earth, land use, where I live, finding my way, my property, and urban redesign. Check out last year's trip if you need convincing and enrol!

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • where things are located, and how we find them
  • how geospatial data is essential for the Christchurch rebuild
  • how accurate height data is collected and why
  • how topographic maps are made and the features they show
  • making and using hydrographic charts
  • how earthquakes have changed where things are, including heights of the land and seabed
  • how GPS and GIS work and how they are used
  • starting a personal grab-bag of web sites and free apps for finding your way
During the field trip you will
  • talk to local experts about clever planning tools they use in the Christchurch rebuild
  • discover how information about the location of invisible things like water pipes, electricity, land ownership and boundaries is a key to making progress on the rebuild
  • travel to Lyttelton harbour to see how earthquakes affected the sea bed and changed the tides
  • board a ship and navigate with nautical charts
  • climb a lighthouse and see how they help navigation at sea
  • see how aerial photos are captured, processed and used for identifying change in the landscape and are used to create/update topographic maps
  • find your way using a paper topographic map and compass
  • find your way using a digital topographic map and a mobile device
  • discover future career pathways for geography
  • fill your personal grab-bag with web sites and free apps for finding your way
After the field trip you will
  • have opportunities to follow up directly with experts from LINZ and other supporting organisations
  • have new insights into citizenship and local government decision making
  • use your personal grab-bag of web sites and free apps for finding your way

Where you will go

This field trip is the second of three that follows the use of geospatial skills, data and tools following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. This year experts will take you to places where whole city blocks lie vacant awaiting reconstruction, where construction teams lay new services, where city residents plan to build their new homes and where the sea floor has moved creating a need for new nautical charts. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 3-5, Geography Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Level 5

More Curriculum

Social Studies Achievement Objective Level 4: Events have causes and effects. Geography AS91014 1.8 Apply spatial analysis, with direction, to solve a geographic problem.

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  • ESOL

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Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.

Meet Shelley, your LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Inquiry Topics: boundary, cadastral maps, Canterbury, Christchurch, earthquakes, electronic navigation, future focus, geographic issue, geospatial, GIS, government, GPS, hydrographic charts, infrastructure, laser, lidar, location based information, maps, measurement of elevation, perspectives, services, spatial patterns, spatial variation, subdivision, survey, technology, theodolite, tide gauge, topographical maps

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