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  1. 1. Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine Bridget Belardi
  2. 2. What is Geocaching? <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>
  3. 3. GPS <ul><li>Global Positioning System </li></ul><ul><li>Approx: $100-$500 </li></ul><ul><li>Garmin and Magellan </li></ul><ul><li>are the most popular </li></ul><ul><li>Can download cache </li></ul><ul><li>info into the receiver if it </li></ul><ul><li>is properly equipped </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Does It Work? <ul><li>Using three satellites, you should be able to determine your exact position. </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>
  5. 5. How do I find a cache? <ul><li>Build an account on </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc. (I usually search by zip code.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(We’ll create one together at the end of the session.) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Then what? <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>
  7. 7. What am I looking for?
  8. 8. Extras <ul><li>Travel Bugs </li></ul>
  9. 9. Geocoins <ul><li>Collectable and tradable items </li></ul><ul><li>Geocoin festival is in Pittsburgh this year </li></ul>
  10. 10. Educational Benefits <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>
  11. 11. Want to find out more? <ul><li> : For all your geocaching needs </li></ul><ul><li>A site for beginners: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Let’s give it a try! </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll find some local MD caches tonight if you’re interested! </li></ul>