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Geocaching in the classroom


Sweet33
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I'm currently an 8th Grade Math educator in New York. I have

been geocaching since May and I am interested in integrating

geocaching, GPS, and GIS into my courses and after school activities. I

am collaborating with the Technology teacher to share a geocaching

experience with many students. We hope to share the experience with

Math, Technology, and Academic Skills Enhancement (ASE) classes. We

also plan to introduce the Middle School Technology Club to the

excitement of geocaching.

 

I was wondering if anyone knows or has heard of a way that I can

receive support for this. We are planning on having the students

eventually creating their own trackable items that would be compatible

with geocaching.com. If anyone has any information or willing to

support this project it would be greatly appreciated.

 

**We are also looking to adopt travelbugs or geocoins to start this

project to teach the students about calculating distance and geography.

 

Thank you,

Sweet33

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I'm currently an 8th Grade Math educator in New York. I have

been geocaching since May and I am interested in integrating

geocaching, GPS, and GIS into my courses and after school activities. I

am collaborating with the Technology teacher to share a geocaching

experience with many students. We hope to share the experience with

Math, Technology, and Academic Skills Enhancement (ASE) classes. We

also plan to introduce the Middle School Technology Club to the

excitement of geocaching.

 

I was wondering if anyone knows or has heard of a way that I can

receive support for this. We are planning on having the students

eventually creating their own trackable items that would be compatible

with geocaching.com. If anyone has any information or willing to

support this project it would be greatly appreciated.

 

**We are also looking to adopt travelbugs or geocoins to start this

project to teach the students about calculating distance and geography.

 

Thank you,

Sweet33

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I blantantly stole this idea from another school - I have a travel bug for each of my elementary classrooms. I tagged them, & placed them in a cache (waiting for approval). I created log books for each travel bug - distance from last cache, total distance traveled, etc. I also created a sheet for when the travel bug visits a new location where students will note the weather at the TB's location vs our weather, interesting facts about the new location, etc. I am using this as a social studies project, so students will hopefully learn about some new places. I would love to hear specifics on how you plan to integrate math.

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Lots of stuff you can do with math and caching …

 

Create an account the class can use, place a cache and then watch it. Maybe ask the visitors to log the coordinates of their home area.

 

As cachers enter their logs, start collecting and analyzing some data.

- Who traveled the farthest?

- Who was the closest?

- How many DNFs?

- Cluster the locations of the visitor’s home areas and do some predictions – a finder is most likely to come from what area, what distance, what day, etc.

- How many finders dropped off/picked up travel bugs?

- Visitors have been caching for an average of how many years/months?

- Tie it into science and plot weather trends against find dates

- Verify the trade up/trade even rule by benchmarking the initial value and number of items in the container and checking it weekly or monthly depending on the amount of activity

- Learn budgeting - work out how much it would cost in gas and food for the visitors

 

Doing this for a class also gives the opportunity for long-term data collection and not just one class during one year.

 

Good luck!

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Those are some great ideas! Not only did I purchase some GPS receivers for my district to use, but I am also keeping my fingers crossed that my proposal to present on GPS in the classroom will be accepted at a national conference in California this spring. Regardless, I will be putting together a book of ideas for my teachers. I have several reading activities, & motivational activities, but math specifics aren't my strong point (yet!). I am working to educate myself on these concepts so any math ideas are much appreciated!

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