Content Showcase: Google Earth Voyager Stories

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Take your students on a math adventure with our Google Earth Voyager Stories. Using the power of Google Earth, Media4Math has developed a collection of resources that contextualize math in the real world. Here is our current collection of resources, but keep checking back, as this collection continues to grow.

Click on any of the titles to learn more about the Google Earth story. You'll need Chrome to view these adventures on the Google Earth app.

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Google Earth Voyager Story: The Geometry of City Planning, Part 2

In this activity, learn about the geometry of city planning. We explore why many cities in the US and around the world are laid out in a rectangular grid made up of parallel and perpendicular lines. This companion to a Google Earth Voyager Story provides a deeper understanding of the geometric concepts introduced.

To see the Google Earth Voyager Story, go to this link. (Best viewed in Chrome.)

Note: The download is the Teacher's Guide in PDF format. 

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Points and Lines, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines

Google Earth Voyager Story: The Geometry of City Planning, Part 1

In this activity, learn about the geometry of city planning. We explore why many cities in the US and around the world are laid out in a rectangular grid made up of parallel and perpendicular lines. This companion to a Google Earth Voyager Story provides a deeper understanding of the geometric concepts introduced.

To see the Google Earth Voyager Story, go to this link. (Best viewed in Chrome.)

Note: The download is the Teacher's Guide in PDF format. 

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Points and Lines, Definition of a Line, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines

Google Earth Voyager Story: Architectural Prisms, Part 3

In this Google Earth Voyager story visit architectural landmarks in New York City to learn about the geometry of prisms. In this lesson, visit the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan and learn about antiprisms. Then build a scale model of the Freedom Tower.

To the see Google Earth content that accompanies this lesson click on this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


3-Dimensional Figures

Google Earth Voyager Story: Architectural Prisms, Part 2

In this Google Earth Voyager story visit architectural landmarks in New York City to learn about the geometry of prisms. In this lesson, visit the 432 Park Avenue to learn about rectangular prisms. Then build a scale model of this building.

To the see Google Earth content that accompanies this lesson click on this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Rectangular Prisms

Google Earth Voyager Story: Architectural Prisms, Part 1

In this Google Earth Voyager story visit architectural landmarks in New York City to learn about the geometry of prisms. In this lesson, visit the Flatiron Building and learn about triangular prisms. Then build a scale model of the Flatiron Building.

To the see Google Earth content that accompanies this lesson click on this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Triangular Prisms

Google Earth Voyager Story: The Mathematics of Pyramids, Part 2

In this Google Earth Voyager story visit pyramids around the world and learn about the geometry of pyramids. In this lesson, visit two Mayan pyramids and learn about sequences and series, as well as using what you've learned about the geometry of pyramids and other three-dimensional figures.

To the see Google Earth content that accompanies this lesson click on this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Series, Pyramids

Google Earth Voyager Story: The Mathematics of Pyramids, Part 1

In this Google Earth Voyager story visit pyramids around the world and learn about the geometry of pyramids. In this lesson, visit the pyramids of Giza and learn about the properties of pyramids. In particular, see the derivation of the formula for the volume of a pyramid. 

To the see Google Earth content that accompanies this lesson click on this link  (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the Teacher's Guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Pyramids

Google Earth Voyager Story: Polygon Architecture, Part 2

In this Google Earth Voyager Story, explore the geometry of polygons in the context of architecture. To see the Google Earth version of this lesson go to this link and press the Present button (best viewed in Chrome). The focus of this lesson is composite shapes.

In this exploration we visit:

  • The Pentagon (Washington, DC)
  • Drum Point Lighthouse (Solomons Island, MD)
  • Changi Airport (Singapore)
  • Baptistry of St. John (Florence, Italy)
  • The Petronas Towers (Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia)

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Polygons

Google Earth Voyager Story: Polygon Architecture, Part 1

In this Google Earth Voyager Story, explore the geometry of polygons in the context of architecture. To see the Google Earth version of this lesson go to this link (best viewed in Chrome).

In this exploration we visit:

  • The Pentagon (Washington, DC)
  • Drum Point Lighthouse (Solomons Island, MD)
  • Changi Airport (Singapore)
  • Baptistry of St. John (Florence, Italy)
  • The Petronas Towers (Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia)

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Polygons

Google Earth Voyager Story: Quadrilateral Structures II

In this Google Earth Voyager Story, explore the geometry of quadrilaterals in the context of architecture. There is a companion Google Earth exploration found at this link (best viewed in Chrome).

In this exploration we visit:

  • Stonehenge
  • The Parthenon
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
  • The Puerta de Europa Towers in Madrid

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Quadrilaterals

Google Earth Voyager Story: Quadrilateral Structures I

In this Google Earth Voyager Story, explore the geometry of quadrilaterals in the context of architecture. There is a companion Google Earth exploration found at this link (best viewed in Chrome).

In this exploration we visit:

  • Stonehenge
  • The Parthenon
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
  • The Puerta de Europa Towers in Madrid

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Quadrilaterals

Google Earth Voyager Story: The Geometry of Sustainable Architecture, Part 1

In this Google Earth Voyager Story learn about the geometric concepts that underly sustainable architecture. How do architects build tall skyscraper that can retain heat when its cold? In this exploration see how the ratio of the surface area of the building to its volume plays a key role in how architects design building. To see the Google Earth version of this lesson go to this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Rational Functions and Equations, Applications of Surface Area and Volume

Google Earth Voyager Story: The Geometry of Sustainable Architecture, Part 2

In this Google Earth Voyager Story study the sustainable architecture designed for life in Antarctica. Why Antarctica? There are several research stations in the Antarctic where scientists a great deal of the year conducting research. Also, the Antarctic simulates the harsh climates of planets like Mars, where future explorers will spend years of time in the future. To see the Google Earth version of this lesson go to this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the teacher's guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Rational Functions and Equations, Surface Area, Volume

Google Earth Voyager Story: The Geometry of Castles

During Medieval times, castles were fortresses, mini-cities where the royalty lived, and symbols of power. Most castles were tall, imposing structures. But why were they so tall? Was it just for symbolic reasons, to allow a king to show his center of power and influence? In this exploration, we will explore the geometry of castles in order to better understand why they were built the way they were. To see the Google Earth version of this lesson go to this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the Teacher's Guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Angles and Planes

Google Earth Voyager Story: Triangular Structures

In this Google Earth story, we explore triangles by looking at different architectural sites where triangles are a prominent feature. In particular we look at the Bank of China in Hong Kong and then the Eiffel Tower. Each building is an application of the geometric principles behind triangles. To see the Google Earth version of this lesson go to this link (best viewed in Chrome).

Note: The download is the Teacher's Guide.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Triangles

Google Earth Voyager Story: Circular Structures, Part 2

In this activity, learn about the architecture of the Roman Pantheon. This companion to a Google Earth Voyager Story provides a deeper understanding of the geometric concepts introduced in the Voyager Story.

To see the Google Earth Voyager Story, go to this link.

Note: The download is the Teacher's Guide in PDF format.

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Circles

Google Earth Voyager Story: Circular Structures, Part 1

In this activity, learn about the architecture of the Roman Colosseum. This companion to a Google Earth Voyager Story provides a deeper understanding of the geometric concepts introduced in the Voyager Story.

To see the Google Earth Voyager Story, go to this link. (Requires Chrome.)

Note: The download is the Teacher's Guide in PDF format. 

To see the complete collection of Google Voyager Stories, click on this link


Applications of Circles