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This is an introduction to geocaching designed for middle school students.

This is an introduction to geocaching designed for middle school students.

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  • Geocaching:Let’s Go on a Treasure Hunt!
    TEK4S
    Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5
  • Today’s Agenda
    Welcome
    Geo What?
    Talk the Talk
    Latitude and Longitude
    Getting Started
    Additional Resources
  • Geo What?
    High- tech treasure hunt
    Find the treasure using latitude and longitude
    GPS device needed
  • Talk the Talk
    Geocache- Hidden container
    GPS= Global Positioning System
    Waypoint – Reference point for a physical location
    Muggle – a Non-geocacher
    CITO – Cache In Trash Out
    TFYC – Thanks For The Cache
    DNF – Did Not Find
    http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary/
    aspx#geocache
  • What is a Geocache?
    Hidden container – owner recorded the GPS location
    Smallest – Contains a logbook
    Larger – Logbook plus trade items
    What am I Looking for?
  • Latitude and Longitude
    Map
    Interactive Activity
    Latitude and Longitude Finder
  • Dr. Alice Christie's Podcast
    http://www.alicechristie.org/geocaching/
    podcast/index.html
  • Found the Treasure….Now What?
    Sign the Logbook
    Trade items
    If you take something, you leave something.
    Look for travel bugs and geocoins
    Put the cache back
    Log the find (or DNF)
  • Travel Bugs
  • GeocoinsCollectable and tradable items
  • Let’s Get Started
    Create an account at http://www.geocaching.com
    Search
    Try searching by your zip code first
    Record latitude and longitude.
    Review the hints!
    Follow the compass until you get to 0 -15 feet.
    Use your “geosense” to find the treasure.
    What am I looking for?
  • Tech Coach Resources
    Finding a Geocache
    http://wasdtechcoach.wikispaces.com/
    file/view/Geocaching.pdf
    Garmin eTrex
    http://wasdtechcoach.wikispaces.com/
    file/view/GPSGarminTips.pdf
  • Need More Info?
    Geocaching’s Official Web Site –
    http://www.geocaching.com
    Beginner’s Guide –
    http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm
    Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching
  • Geocaching = Treasure Hunt
    Happy Geocaching!
    November 2010