The Distance Computer

It does the arithmetic when you step off a distance.

Walking Around

One of the requirements for earning the rank of First Class Scout is to measure the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).  When you practice this, you find that you have to do a lot of arithmetic.  You must step off a measured distance and then divide that distance by the number of steps to find your step length.  Then you step off the unknown distance and now you must multiply that number of steps by your step length.  This can amount to a lot of work if you have to do it with pencil and paper.  It would be a lot easier to use a computer.

It turns out that you can make a very good computer for this purpose from just a sheet of paper!  This site gives you the patterns you need and shows you how to make and use the computer.

First, let's compare steps and paces.

Try it before you build it.

Links to the details

You can click on these individual details or just follow the trail by entering the trailhead below.