Do you want to connect your students to the “real world?” Interested in taking a trip but can’t afford it? How about a virtual field trip? These educators came to CSD today and found out exactly how Google Earth and Google Maps fit the needs of their curriculum. They discovered how to make your own Google Trips by creating a Google Earth (KMZ) lesson. They explored KMZ lessons and learned how to effectively search for just the right one. In this professional development experience, our class discovered with Google Certified Teacher Stephanie Madlinger the importance of Google Earth and Maps and how to effectively use them in the classroom to support STEM. This group traveled the world and beyond- this class perhaps should have been called Google Mars with the trips taken by Stephanie’s group (one participant described one of her sites as the “dark side of the moon”)! What was your favorite part of the class?