Geocaching TEK4S

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

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Geocaching TEK4S

  1. 1. Geocaching: Let’s Go on a Treasure Hunt! TEK4S Northwest Tri-CountyIntermediate Unit 5
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda Welcome Geo What? Talk the Talk Latitude and Longitude Getting Started Additional Resources
  3. 3. Geo What? High- tech treasure hunt Find the treasure using latitude and longitude GPS device needed
  4. 4. Talk the Talk Geocache- Hidden container GPS= Global Positioning System Waypoint– Reference point for a physical location Muggle – a Non-geocacher CITO– Cache In TrashOut TFYC – Thanks For The Cache DNF – Did Not Find http://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary/ aspx#geocache
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. Latitude and Longitude Map Interactive Activity Latitude and Longitude Finder
  7. 7. Dr. Alice Christie's Podcast http://www.alicechristie.org/geocaching/ podcast/index.html
  8. 8. 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)
  9. 9. Travel Bugs
  10. 10. Geocoins Collectable and tradable items
  11. 11. Let’s Get Started Createan account at http://www.geocaching.com Search Try searching by yourzip code first Recordlatitude and longitude. Reviewthe hints! Followthe compass until youget to 0 -15 feet. Use your “geosense” to find the treasure. What am I looking for?
  12. 12. Tech Coach Resources Finding a Geocache http://wasdtechcoach.wikispaces.com/ file/view/Geocaching.pdf Garmin eTrex http://wasdtechcoach.wikispaces.com/ file/view/GPSGarminTips.pdf
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Geocaching = Treasure Hunt Happy Geocaching! November 2010

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