Geocaching for Fun and Fitness

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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

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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
  • Geocaching for Fun and Fitness

    1. 1. Geocaching for Fun and Fitness MOAHPERD November 12, 2011 Michelle Kendrick eMINTS Program Coordinator
    2. 2. Geocaching for Fun and Fitness Michelle Kendrick eMINTS Program Coordinator Instructional Specialist
    3. 6. What is geocaching? Modern day treasure hunt – Finding a cache Uses gps technology and the Internet
    4. 7. GPS Technology Global Positioning Systems – developed by U.S. military NAVSTAR - 24 satellites Gives precise location in terms of latitude and longitude coordinates
    5. 8. Latitude Coordinates Horizontal lines Measured N and S of equator Degrees ° Minutes ‘ Seconds” N 39° 36.161’
    6. 9. Longitude Coordinates Vertical lines Measured E and W of Prime Meridan Degrees ° Minutes ‘ Seconds W 091° 44.472’
    7. 10. 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
    8. 11. What do I need? GPS Device Cache Info and Coordinates from Geocaching.com Pencil Trinkets Extra Batteries – if your device requires them
    9. 12. 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
    10. 13. What’s in a Cache?
    11. 14. Geocaching.com http://www.geocaching.com Visit the site. Create an account. Find a cache. Log your find.
    12. 15. Create an Account http://www.geocaching.com
    13. 16. Find a Cache http://www.geocaching.com
    14. 17. Find a Cache
    15. 18. Types of Caches Traditional Multicache Earth Cache Virtual Cache
    16. 19. Traditional
    17. 20. Multicache
    18. 21. Earth Caches
    19. 22. Log a Cache http://www.geocaching.com
    20. 23. Travel Bugs and Geocoins
    21. 24. Other GPS Challenges Geocaching.com World Challenges Degree Confluence Project Wherigo GPS Games Terra Clues
    22. 25. Geocaching Etiquette Leave the cache better than you found it. Observe property rights. Cache In Trash Out Beware Muggles. Don’t log a “spoiler”.
    23. 26. Geocaching Terminology
    24. 27. Geocaching Videos http://www.geocaching.com/videos/default.aspx
    25. 28. Geocaching Resources Geocaching for Fun and Fitness http://geocachingforschools.weebly.com eLearning Online Courses http://www.elearningmo.org/
    26. 29. Garmin eTrex Images from: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/303/303-204/303-204_pdf.pdf
    27. 30. Garmin eTrex Images from: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/303/303-204/303-204_pdf.pdf Satellite Page
    28. 31. Geocaching for Physical Education What ideas do you have for using geocaching in your classes or work?

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