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NORAD tracks Santa

Posted by rosiemacalpine on December 15, 2008

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has been tracking Santa as he moves across the skies since 1955. Now that so many people have access to the internet, they also publish their data online. So anyone can log on and see the whereabouts of the Man in the Big Red Suit.

santaearthSanta doesn’t start travelling until Christmas Eve (obviously) but there’s some nice things to have a look at on your whiteboard. You might want to share the address with your class so they can have a look at home on the day, and see where he is up to.

When you visit the main site at www.noradsanta.org, you can watch a video of Santa’s journey in 2007. Highlights include Santa swooping past the Eiffel tower, and swishing past the pyramids.

The Kids Countdown section of the site has some nice things too. When you visit Santa’s village, try the Christmas Tree light up game at the North Pole clock. It’s a good puzzle to solve as a group on the board, using problem solving and spatial planning skills. Middle and upper primary classes might want to use the How do we track Santa? as a starting point for investigation of radars and navigation devices.

This year, you can also view the route that Santa is planning to take on Google Earth. This post on the Google Earth blog explains how to do it. You can even add your house to the Google Earth route (if you want to make sure that Santa will pay you a visit). Visit Travel by GPS for instructions on this.

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