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Presentation for the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference / Lodge of the Four Seasons/ Osage Beach, MO / November 12, 2011

Presentation for the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference / Lodge of the Four Seasons/ Osage Beach, MO / November 12, 2011

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  • The first GPS satellite was launched in 1978. A full constellation of 24 satellites was achieved in 1994. Originally only for military use --- available for public in 1988 Accurate to within 15 meters --- something to remember

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  • Geocaching for Fun and Fitness MOAHPERD November 12, 2011 Michelle Kendrick eMINTS Program Coordinator
  • Geocaching for Fun and Fitness Michelle Kendrick eMINTS Program Coordinator Instructional Specialist
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  • What is geocaching? Modern day treasure hunt – Finding a cache Uses gps technology and the Internet
  • GPS Technology Global Positioning Systems – developed by U.S. military NAVSTAR - 24 satellites Gives precise location in terms of latitude and longitude coordinates
  • Latitude Coordinates Horizontal lines Measured N and S of equator Degrees ° Minutes ‘ Seconds” N 39° 36.161’
  • Longitude Coordinates Vertical lines Measured E and W of Prime Meridan Degrees ° Minutes ‘ Seconds W 091° 44.472’
  • Ways to Record Coordinates Degrees Minutes N39°34.852', W91°44.920‘ Degrees Minutes Seconds N39°34'51.12", W91°44'55.2“ Decimal Format – Degrees only 39.5808667, -91.7486667
  • What do I need? GPS Device Cache Info and Coordinates from Geocaching.com Pencil Trinkets Extra Batteries – if your device requires them
  • GPS Devices Garmin, Magellan, other GPS devices – as long as they give coordinate data Cell phone with GPS app Mobile devices – such as an Ipad with GPS app
  • What’s in a Cache?
  • Geocaching.com http://www.geocaching.com Visit the site. Create an account. Find a cache. Log your find.
  • Create an Account http://www.geocaching.com
  • Find a Cache http://www.geocaching.com
  • Find a Cache
  • Types of Caches Traditional Multicache Earth Cache Virtual Cache
  • Traditional
  • Multicache
  • Earth Caches
  • Log a Cache http://www.geocaching.com
  • Travel Bugs and Geocoins
  • Other GPS Challenges Geocaching.com World Challenges Degree Confluence Project Wherigo GPS Games Terra Clues
  • Geocaching Etiquette Leave the cache better than you found it. Observe property rights. Cache In Trash Out Beware Muggles. Don’t log a “spoiler”.
  • Geocaching Terminology
  • Geocaching Videos http://www.geocaching.com/videos/default.aspx
  • Geocaching Resources Geocaching for Fun and Fitness http://geocachingforschools.weebly.com eLearning Online Courses http://www.elearningmo.org/
  • Garmin eTrex Images from: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/303/303-204/303-204_pdf.pdf
  • Garmin eTrex Images from: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/303/303-204/303-204_pdf.pdf Satellite Page
  • Geocaching for Physical Education What ideas do you have for using geocaching in your classes or work?