Instructor’s Name: Kristin Simonson
During our studies of Earth’s systems we will go on many geocaching adventures and learn the origins of navigation (geo=earth, cache= hidden items). We will learn how to use GPS technology to find “hidden” treasure, become more aware of our surroundings, and make scientific observations in a variety of environments. We will learn how humans use basic navigational and orienteering skills for activities such as exploration, travel, rescue, hiking, satellite retieval (SR) and games. Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt that is happening right now. There are over 2.4 million active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. Are you ready to become a geocacher?
Geared toward ages: 6th grade-8th grade
Kick off: Secret of Ancient Navigators
Seminar Title: “Technology Turns Walk in the Woods into Treasure Hunt” by Christine Digrazia, The New York Times
Discussion Topics: Evolution of technology, origins of navigation, comparison of navigating land to navigating life
Group Initiative: Students create something meaningful about our origins as a school, community, or class to leave in a cache.
Project: Students create something meaningful about our origins as a school, community, or class to leave in a cache.
Outside Opportunity: Field study at Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis, MN