Module 1 • Arctic Exploration: Navigation
Student Page 1-2c
Time to walk out a course!
Once you have been assigned to a team, fill out this chart with your team members. Use the bearings
from the table above and calculate the distance in meters using the scale 1 cm = 1 m.
Your Team Letter is: Leg One
Bearing ˚
Distance m
Leg Two
Bearing ˚
Distance m
tape
transit
compass rose
2 team cards (with the letter of your team)
Student 1 – call out bearing and distance and take care of field position marks
Student 2 – handle the compass and compass rose
Student 3 – handle transit sightings
Student 4 – handle tape rule and measure distance
Student 5 – confirms and checks transit sightings and distance measurements
1. Measure out your twine and mark every one meter with a piece of tape, up to 15 meters. This is
your tape ruler! (Keep the meter stick close-by in case you need it to measure portion of a meter).
2. As a team, line up by the starting line. Your team should be 3 meters apart from other team(s) on
either side of you. Mark your starting point with one of your team cards.
3. Have your transit and compass rose. Confirm magnetic north and face it.
4. Use the compass rose as a guide and turn the transit to the first bearing given in the chart
Remember: North (0˚) on the compass rose must always be pointing to magnetic north.
5. Student 1 holds the one end of the tape rule standing at the starting point.
6. Direct Student 4 (with the tape rule) in the direction of the bearing. Use hand signals to guide
the student to the right or left.
7. When the correct distance is found, the point is marked with the second letter card.
8. Check to make sure the second point is on the correct bearing path.
9. Move the transit to point two.
10. Complete leg two using the same procedure. Your next and final point is X.
Did everyone arrive at the same point X, or at least within a radius of one meter?
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