Longitude, Latitude and Discovery Workshop for Kids

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Back in the day, there was no GPS, no world-wide radio navigation system — travelers were dependent on landmarks, maps, and local knowledge to guide the way. When explorers and intrepid adventurers wandered the world, new methods were needed to find their way over featureless terrain such as ocean or desert. Eventually, a global grid system was developed, incorporating the lines of latitude and longitude. Kids will enjoy this workshop about exploration and the evolution of wayfinding. Museum Educator Lola Chen will talk with the kids about the evolution of instruments such as the compass, the astrolabe, and the sextant and how navigation and exploration were affected. Making a simple hat rack displaying Wilton’s longitude and latitude is the workshop project. The kids will help make their snack, spiced pumpkin muffins.

Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257

Did You Know?
A compass rose, sometimes called a windrose, or Rose of the Winds, is a figure on a compass, map, nautical chart, or monument used to display the orientation of the cardinal directions: North, East, South, and West—and their intermediate points. It is also the term for the graduated markings found on the traditional magnetic compass.