Geocaching: Let's go on a Treasure Hunt!

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This is an introduction of geocaching to educators K-12 presented at the 3C's Conference at The Behrend College, Penn State University.

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Geocaching: Let's go on a Treasure Hunt!

  1. 1. Geocaching: Let’s go on aTreasure Hunt! Mary Beth Hengelbrok http://mhengelbrok.wikispaces.com/geocaching The sport where YOU are the search engine
  2. 2. <ul><li>A high-tech treasure hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Need a GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Seek a cache based on latitude and longitude coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>This is not just a teaching tool, it’s a lifetime activity. </li></ul>What is Geocaching?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Global Positioning System </li></ul><ul><li>Approx: $100-$500 </li></ul><ul><li>Garmin and Magellan are the most popular </li></ul><ul><li>Can download cache </li></ul><ul><li>Info into the receiver if it is properly equipped </li></ul><ul><li>iPhones </li></ul><ul><li>Groundspeak App $10 </li></ul>GPS
  4. 4. <ul><li>Using three satellites, you should be able to determine your exact position through trilateration. </li></ul><ul><li>Some variables include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atmospheric Interference, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet. </li></ul></ul>How Does It Work?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Build an account on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.geocaching.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(I usually search by zip code--16506) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints! </li></ul></ul>How do I find a cache?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Sign the log book </li></ul><ul><li>Trade items—Take something, leave something </li></ul><ul><li>Look for travel bugs and geocoins </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to put the cache back in the same place you found it with the appropriate amount of camouflage. </li></ul>When you find the cache…
  7. 7. <ul><li>Get as close to the location as you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Insert the coordinates into the GPS. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the compass until it gets to 0-10 feet. </li></ul><ul><li>Use your “geosense” to find the cache. </li></ul>Then what?
  8. 8. What am I looking for?
  9. 9. Travel Bugs
  10. 10. Geocoins Collectable and Tradable Items
  11. 11. <ul><li>Take a bag that includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Aid kit/bug spray </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pen/Pencil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Swag/Tradable items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compass </li></ul></ul>‘ Survival Guide’
  12. 12. 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 Some ‘Lingo’
  13. 13. <ul><li>Reading latitude and longitude </li></ul><ul><li>Map skills </li></ul><ul><li>Using a compass </li></ul><ul><li>Can add a research component </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-curricular connections </li></ul><ul><li>Letterboxing Hybrid </li></ul>Educational Benefits
  14. 14. <ul><li>http://www.educaching.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD </li></ul><ul><li>$32.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Also includes ideas for </li></ul><ul><li>grant writing </li></ul>Educaching
  15. 15. www.geocaching.com : For all your geocaching needs A site for beginners: http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching Want to find out more?
  16. 16. Other Books For Your Library
  17. 17. <ul><li>PAECT list of resources - including GIS software </li></ul><ul><li>Caching Teacher Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Podcachers </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching List Serv (for teachers) </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Christie’s Guide for Educators </li></ul>Other Information
  18. 18. <ul><li>Google Earth & GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary and Secondary Versions </li></ul><ul><li>$34.95 </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Plans and blackline masters </li></ul>Science U.S. History/ Geography
  19. 19. Thank You to Bridget Belardi [email_address] [email_address]

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