Navigation WebQuest

A WebQuest for Advanced Math Students

Designed by

Mark Doner

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion


"Where in the world are you?"  Today it is common to see people talking on their cell phones describing to the person on the other end where they are and what they see.  Our location in the world is described using different methods.  This activity is designed for you to learn about basic navigation; the science of knowing and describing where you are and determining which way to travel to get to where you are going.

The Task

1.  Create a web page using Netscape Composer summarizing the following aspects of navigation:

A.  Methods of describing location, including Latitude and Longitude, UTM coordinates, and one other method.

B.  Illustrate the tools of navigation, starting with the earliest tools up through modern tools.  Include a brief description of what the tools were used for and how they worked.

2.  Build one of the tools from 1B above and design an activity for fellow students to do outside that will demonstrate the use of the navigational tool.

The Process

Follow these steps as you proceed:

  1. First you'll be assigned to a team of 3 students...
  2. Use the following links to get you started on your research....
  3. Bring materials from home to construct your navigational tool...

  The Columbus Navigation Homepage 

 Thinkquest Article on Ancient Navigation 


Describe to the learners how their performance will be evaluated. Specify whether there will be a common grade for group work vs. individual grades.









Webpage describing location description and navigational tools

Provides links to at least two websites.

Has all the qualities for "Beginning" as well as use of applicable pictures.

Has all the qualities for "Developing" as well as being multi-paged.

All the qualities of "Accomplished" as well as showing thoughtful organization and care in production.

Construction of navigational tool



After you finish this WebQuest you should be able to:

1.  Describe your location as well as pinpoint someone else's location when they use one of the methods above.

2.  Use an ancient tool of navigation to determine what it is designed to show you.

Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page