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UW-Fox Valley Offers Introduction to 'Global Positioning System' Course

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Here's your chance to learn about the worldwide radio-navigational system called the 'Global Positioning System' ,or GPS, as it's called by outdoor sporting enthusiasts, boaters and drivers alike. The Office of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is offering a course on two successive Wednesdays, April 14 and April 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in room #1065 on the UWFox campus in Menasha.

The course is being taught by Dr. Jim Brey, Professor of Geography and Geology at UWFox, and 2003 Wisconsin Professor of the Year.

The small, hand-held GPS devices are based on the worldwide radio-navigation system formed from a constellation of 24 satellites positioned in orbit around the earth, and their respective ground stations. GPS uses these satellites as reference points to calculate positions accurate to a matter of meters. Some advanced forms of GPS allow users to calculate positions accurate to measurements better than a centimeter, according to sources.

"The 'Introduction to Global Positioning System' course features a combination of classroom and laboratory work," according to Cathy Paynter, Director of Continuing Education. "The participants in the class will also have outside activities working with actual GPS units and will learn how these units work, how GPS has revolutionized many industries, and how GPS interacts with other geo-technologies."

Cost for the course is $69. Pre-registration is required. To register or to obtain more information about the course, contact Paynter at UWFox, 920-832-2636 or email Cathy.Paynter@uwc.edu.

Posted on 3/22/2004