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Geocaching

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  • 1. Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine Bridget Belardi
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.)
      • Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints!
    • (We’ll create one together at the end of the session.)
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. What am I looking for?
  • 8. Extras
    • Travel Bugs
  • 9. Geocoins
    • Collectable and tradable items
    • Geocoin festival is in Pittsburgh this year
  • 10. Educational Benefits
    • Reading latitude and longitude
    • Map skills
    • Using a compass
    • Can add a research component
    • Cross-curricular connections
    • Letterboxing Hybrid
  • 11. 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
  • 12.
    • Let’s give it a try!
    • We’ll find some local MD caches tonight if you’re interested!

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