Map My Route: Graphing Motion Assessment
Often when people travel from one place to
another, they do not always choose a route
that is the shortest distance. Many factors
can affect a person’s choice: allowed speed,
obstacles, scenery, etc.
Mapping programs such as Google Maps,
incorporate many different factors to help
you choose the best route for your trip.
Google sends employees out in cars with
specially designed cameras to gather the
information that they use to give you
suggested routes.
The Problem:
Google has asked you to gather data on
Canyon Lake High School for their mapping
You will work with a partner to create a
map of the best route between your classes
(they do not have to be in the order that
you attend them). You must take into
account the speed that you can travel and
the distance that you walk.
In order for your map to be as accurate as
possible you will need to use a compass, to
keep track of the direction that you are
travelling, and some form of distance
measure, such as steps taken.
Once you try several possible routes, you
will choose the one that you plan to
recommend to the class.
The Product:
Your group will present to the class a map
that you create, with supporting
documents, which shows the path that you
travel to your classes.
1. What factors must a cartographer
consider when designing a map?
2. What visual elements can a cartographer
use to make sure that a reader knows
which parts are important?
1. What does GIS stand for?
2. What is photogrammetry?
1. Part of Google’s “Ground Truth” project
included driving cars with cameras
attached to record data. What are two
useful things that this provided?
Career Connections
1. What are five areas in which GIS is being
Map My Route: Graphing Motion Assessment
Student Checklist
Due Date
Read the articles under the “resources”
section, watch the “career connections”
1. Choose a class schedule; sketch a rough
map with several different routes that
you can try. Walk each of these routes
with a timer to determine which will be
the route that you will choose.
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2. On your sketch, break the route up into
vectors. Every time that you must change
directions you are beginning a new
Make a compass that accurately points
north. Using your compass, walk your
selected route and make notes about the
direction you are travelling on each
vector of your route.
Choose a method for measuring distance.
Walk each vector, measuring the distance
that you travel, and the time that it takes.
Using the data that you collected:
1. Create a velocity-time graph for
each vector of your map.
2. Create a scaled map that shows
your selected routes with accurate
magnitude and direction for each
of your vectors
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