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    Den Geocaching 09 Den Geocaching 09 Presentation Transcript

    • Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine Bridget Belardi [email_address]
    • What is Geocaching?
      • A high-tech treasure hunt
      • Need a GPS
      • Seek a cache based on latitude and longitude coordinates
      • This is not just a teaching tool, it’s a lifetime activity.
    • GPS
      • Global Positioning System
      • Approx: $100-$500
      • Garmin and Magellan
      • are the most popular
      • Can download cache
      • info into the receiver if it
      • is properly equipped
      • iPhones
      • Groundspeak App $10
    • How Does It Work?
      • Using three satellites, you should be able to determine your exact position.
      • Some variables include:
        • Trees
        • Buildings
        • Atmospheric Interference, etc.
        • *A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet.
    • What am I looking for?
    • How do I find a cache?
      • Build an account on
        • www.geocaching.com
        • Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc.
        • (I usually search by zip code--15017)
        • Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints!
    • Then what?
      • Get as close to the location as you can.
      • Insert the coordinates into the GPS.
      • Follow the compass until it gets to 0-10 feet.
      • Use your “geosense” to find the cache.
    • When you find the cache…
      • Sign the log book
      • Trade items—Take something, leave something
      • Look for travel bugs and geocoins
      • Be sure to put the cache back in the same place you found it with the appropriate amount of camouflage.
    • Extras
      • Travel Bugs
    • Geocoins
      • Collectable and tradable items
    • Some “lingo”
      • Muggles: Those who are not geocachers. You must be careful to be stealthy around them!
      • TFTC: Thanks for the Cache
      • TFTF: Thanks for the Find
      • TNLN: Took Nothing Left Nothing
    • “Survival” Guide
      • Take a bag that includes
        • GPS
        • First Aid kit/bug spray
        • Pen/Pencil
        • Swag/Tradable items
        • Compass
    •  
    • Educational Benefits
      • Reading latitude and longitude
      • Map skills
      • Using a compass
      • Can add a research component
      • Cross-curricular connections
      • Letterboxing Hybrid
    • Educaching
      • http://www.educaching.com/
      • Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD
      • $32.00
      • Also includes ideas for
      • grant writing
    • Other Books For Your Library
    • Other Information
      • Discovery Education Geocaching Day May 30 th
      • Podcachers
      • Geocaching List Serv (For teachers)
    • Want to find out more?
      • www.geocaching.com : For all your geocaching needs
      • A site for beginners: http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching