Classroom Activity

Human Geography

Key Topic: Site and Situation

Students will learn about the process involved in determining the location of two NASA centers – the Johnson Space Center and the Kennedy Space Center. Students will answer a free-response question analyzing the human and physical advantages and disadvantages associated with the location of these centers. They will also analyze the political influences involved in the site selection process.

Students will
  • list the physical and human advantages associated with the site selection of two NASA centers;
  • discuss the political influence involved in the selection; and
  • identify geographical implications that would minimize the effectiveness of the locations selected.

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