Paect Geocaching 09

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Paect Geocaching 09

  1. 1. Geocaching: The sport where YOU are the search engine Bridget Belardi bridgetbelardi@gmail.com
  2. 2. What is Geocaching? • A high-tech treasure hunt • Need a GPS • Seek a cache based on latitude and longitude coordinates • This is not just a teaching tool, it’s a lifetime activity.
  3. 3. GPS • Global Positioning System • Approx: $100-$500 • Garmin and Magellan are the most popular • Can download cache info into the receiver if it is properly equipped • iPhones • Groundspeak App $10 Garmin eTrex Venture-$169
  4. 4. How Does It Work? • Using three satellites (trilateration), you should be able to determine your exact position. • Some variables include: – Trees – Buildings – Atmospheric Interference, etc. *A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet.
  5. 5. What am I looking for?
  6. 6. How do I find a cache? • Build an account on – www.geocaching.com Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc. (I usually search by zip code--15017) Record the latitude and longitude coordinates and read the hints!
  7. 7. Then what? • Get as close to the location as you can. • Insert the coordinates into the GPS. • Follow the compass until it gets to 0-10 feet. • Use your “geosense” to find the cache.
  8. 8. When you find the cache… • Sign the log book • Trade items—Take something, leave something • Look for travel bugs and geocoins • Be sure to put the cache back in the same place you found it with the appropriate amount of camouflage.
  9. 9. Extras • Travel Bugs
  10. 10. Geocoins • Collectable and tradable items
  11. 11. Some “lingo” • 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
  12. 12. “Survival” Guide • Take a bag that includes – GPS – First Aid kit/bug spray – Pen/Pencil – Swag/Tradable items – Compass
  13. 13. Educational Benefits • Reading latitude and longitude • Map skills • Using a compass • Can add a research component • Cross-curricular connections • Letterboxing Hybrid
  14. 14. Educaching • http://www.educaching.com/ • Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD • $32.00 • Also includes ideas for grant writing
  15. 15. Google Earth and GPS • Elementary and Secondary versions • $34.95 • Lesson plans and blackline masters
  16. 16. Other Books For Your Library
  17. 17. Other Information • Podcachers • Geocaching List Serv (For teachers) • PAECT list of resources —including GIS software • Caching Teacher Blog • **Dr. Christie’s Guide for Educators
  18. 18. Want to find out more? www.geocaching.com : For all your geocaching needs A site for beginners: http://www.factsfacts.com/geocacher.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching

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