Geocaching Lets Go On A Treasure Hunt

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This presentation is created for an introductory GPS and geocaching training session with educators. It will be presented at the 3C's ETC (Connect, Communicate & Collaborate Educational Technology Conference) at The Behrend College, Penn State University in Erie, PA.

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  • 1. Geocaching:Lets go on aTreasure Hunt! Mary Beth Hengelbrok http://mhengelbrok.wikispaces.com/geocaching The sport where YOU are the search engine

2.

  • A high-tech treasure hunt
  • Need a GPS
  • Seek a cache based on latitude andlongitude coordinates
  • This is not just a teaching tool, its alifetime activity.

What is Geocaching? 3.

  • 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

GPS 4.

  • Using three satellites, you should be able to determine your exact position through trilateration.
  • Some variables include:
    • Trees
    • Buildings
    • Atmospheric Interference, etc.
    • *A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet.

How Does It Work? 5.

  • Build an account on
    • www.geocaching.com
    • Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc.
    • (I usually search by zip code--16506)
    • Record the latitude and longitude coordinatesand read the hints!

How do I find a cache? 6.

  • Sign the log book
  • Trade itemsTake something, leavesomething
  • Look for travel bugs and geocoins
  • Be sure to put the cache back in the sameplace you found it with theappropriate amount of camouflage.

When you find the cache 7.

  • Get as close to the location as you can.
  • Insert the coordinates into the GPS.
  • Follow the compass until it gets to 0-10feet.
  • Use your geosense to find the cache.

Then what? 8. What am I looking for? 9. Travel Bugs 10. Geocoins Collectable and Tradable Items 11.

  • Take a bag that includes:
    • GPS
    • First Aid kit/bug spray
    • Pen/Pencil
    • Swag/Tradable items
    • Compass

Survival Guide 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.

  • Reading latitude and longitude
  • Map skills
  • Using a compass
  • Can add a research component
  • Cross-curricular connections
  • Letterboxing Hybrid

Educational Benefits 14.

  • http://www.educaching.com/
  • Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD
  • $32.00
  • Also includes ideas for
  • grant writing

Educaching 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. Other Books For Your Library 17.

  • PAECT list of resources -including GISsoftware
  • Caching Teacher Blog
  • Podcachers
  • Geocaching List Serv(for teachers)
  • Dr. Christies Guide for Educators

Other Information 18.

  • Google Earth & GPS
  • Elementary and Secondary Versions
  • $34.95
  • Lesson Plans and blackline masters

Science U.S. History/ Geography 19. Thank You to Bridget Belardi[email_address] [email_address]

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