This is part 3 of a series about incorporating geography with STEM. In part one, I wrote about studying science and geography together and in part two, I shared ideas for learning about technology in conjunction with geography. Now we move onto the E in STEM, which is engineering. Engineering is a field of study that is growing leaps and bounds every year.
What exactly does an engineer do?
You should ask is there anything that an engineer doesn’t do. An engineer uses scientific and mathematical principles to develop solutions to problems. They are the geniuses who find ways to meet our needs. They research, analyse, design, invent, create, build, program, test, supervise, improvise, and much much more.
Cartographers (map makers) are engineers. Cartographers develop and produce maps. The earliest known maps were carved into stone and clay, eventually leading to paper maps, and now modern, digital maps are accessible online or through software.
Created by Tyler Hogan in 2011, WonderMaps is one example of a digital map that is accessible through software. With a love of maps that developed when he was only 4 years old, Tyler is an example of a cartographer who has a passion for paper maps and technology. Take a look at the video tutorial and you’ll see how much work Tyler put into creating this amazing software.
Can you imagine how freaked out with excitement explorers from history like Leif Eriksson, Ferdinand Magellan, and Lewis and Clark would be to have such a gift as WonderMaps.
There are easy-to-use layers and customizable features of over 250 maps. These include:
- 65+ maps of the world
- 60+ maps of the USA
- 130+ historical maps, including 25 biblical maps
So, if one of your kids has an interest in engineering and maps, you may have a future cartographer on your hands!
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