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Classroom Lesson Plan

Due to nowCOAST'S intuitive and interactive interface as well as the large amount of data it aggregates, nowCOAST can be useful as a tool for a variety of applications. It is for this reason that the NOS Office of Education has created, in cooperation with the nowCOAST team, a classroom lesson plan for grades 9 - 12 that introduces students to Geographic Information Systems by outlining the web portal's real-life application in marine navigation.

The lesson plan is part of NOS' Discovery Classroom, a program that emphasizes hands-on activities using online data resources and is correlated to National Science Education Standards and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

To view the lesson plan, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. Acrobat can be obtained for free from

Click here to download the classroom lesson plan

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