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GPS & Geocaching

Class Details

3 Hours

4th Grade to Adult

moderate

To go geocaching, combining navigational technology with exploring in nature.

Students will get a look of how far navigational technology has come. They will learn the basic concepts behind GPS technology and how it works. Each pair of students will be given a Garmin eTrex Touch 35 GPS to practice entering and finding waypoints. Once the basics are mastered, the fun will begin. Students will practice a few basic points before taking on the full GPS course and exploring the woods of Wolf Ridge for hidden clues.

Lesson Plan

Concepts

  1. Technology can help us explore, discover, and communicate about our environment.
  2. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) depend on sending and receiving satellite signals and on the people who use them.
  3. Challenges provide opportunities for learning and growth.
  4. Observation, communication and teamwork are valuable skills that improve with practice and patience.

Outcomes

  • Work cooperatively with a partner to navigate with a GPS to locate waypoints.
  • Understand how the advancement of technology has contributed to society.
  • Understand how a Garmin eTrex Touch 35 GPS receiver functions to navigate its screens in order to mark and find waypoints.