Geocaching: Let's go on a Treasure Hunt!

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This is an introduction of geocaching to educators K-12 presented at the 3C's Conference at The Behrend College, Penn State University.

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<ul><li> 1. Geocaching:Lets go on aTreasure Hunt! Mary Beth Hengelbrok http://mhengelbrok.wikispaces.com/geocaching The sport where YOU are the search engine</li></ul> <p> 2. </p> <ul><li>A high-tech treasure hunt </li></ul> <ul><li>Need a GPS </li></ul> <ul><li>Seek a cache based on latitude andlongitude coordinates</li></ul> <ul><li>This is not just a teaching tool, its alifetime activity. </li></ul> <p>What is Geocaching? 3. </p> <ul><li>Global Positioning System </li></ul> <ul><li>Approx: $100-$500</li></ul> <ul><li>Garmin and Magellan are the most popular </li></ul> <ul><li>Can download cache </li></ul> <ul><li>Info into the receiver if it is properly equipped </li></ul> <ul><li>iPhones </li></ul> <ul><li>Groundspeak App $10 </li></ul> <p>GPS 4. </p> <ul><li>Using three satellites, you should be able to determine your exact position through trilateration.</li></ul> <ul><li>Some variables include: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Trees </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Buildings </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Atmospheric Interference, etc.</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>*A typical hand held receiver gets within 5-15 feet.</li></ul></li></ul> <p>How Does It Work? 5. </p> <ul><li>Build an account on</li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>www.geocaching.com </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Search by city, zip code, state, driving route, etc.</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>(I usually search by zip code--16506) </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Record the latitude and longitude coordinatesand read the hints!</li></ul></li></ul> <p>How do I find a cache? 6. </p> <ul><li>Sign the log book</li></ul> <ul><li>Trade itemsTake something, leavesomething </li></ul> <ul><li>Look for travel bugs and geocoins </li></ul> <ul><li>Be sure to put the cache back in the sameplace you found it with theappropriate amount of camouflage.</li></ul> <p>When you find the cache 7. </p> <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 0-10feet.</li></ul> <ul><li>Use your geosense to find the cache. </li></ul> <p>Then what? 8. What am I looking for? 9. Travel Bugs 10. Geocoins Collectable and Tradable Items 11. </p> <ul><li>Take a bag that includes: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>GPS </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>First Aid kit/bug spray </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Pen/Pencil </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Swag/Tradable items </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Compass </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 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. </p> <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> <p>Educational Benefits 14. </p> <ul><li>http://www.educaching.com/ </li></ul> <ul><li>Resource for lesson plans, how-to CD </li></ul> <ul><li>$32.00 </li></ul> <ul><li>Also includes ideas for</li></ul> <ul><li>grant writing </li></ul> <p>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. </p> <ul><li>PAECT list of resources -including GISsoftware </li></ul> <ul><li>Caching Teacher Blog </li></ul> <ul><li>Podcachers </li></ul> <ul><li>Geocaching List Serv(for teachers) </li></ul> <ul><li>Dr. Christies Guide for Educators </li></ul> <p>Other Information 18. </p> <ul><li>Google Earth &amp; GPS </li></ul> <ul><li>Elementary and Secondary Versions </li></ul> <ul><li>$34.95 </li></ul> <ul><li>Lesson Plans and blackline masters </li></ul> <p>Science U.S. History/ Geography 19. Thank You to Bridget Belardi[email_address] [email_address] </p>