I’ve been working with two members of staff at Aldermoor Farm primary school to introduce geocaching into the school. To kick start it, we have devised a weekly 90-minute after-school club and I thought I’d share a brief line scheme.
The outcome of the project is to have a bank of upper phase kids who understand the game and the technology who can then assist other staff and kids to use it in the classroom.
The group will also release travel bugs and set a series of caches that are maintained by staff and pupils at the school.
General introduction to GPS and coordinates using Google Earth to find ‘Virtual Caches’ from given coordinates and clues. Watch Geocaching.com intro 2-min video and talk about hiding and seeking. Search website for caches near to us.
Take kids outside to practice walking around using GPSr, following directions and looking at statistics (average speed, distance travelled etc)
Kids work in groups to search school grounds using GPSr to find 12 micro caches placed by staff. Practice decoding clues.
Groups take it in turns to hide caches and set clues. Kids practice loading cache coordinates into GPSr.Kids start researching potential locations outside of school grounds for hiding caches. Begin to build and camoflage 4 containers for their own ‘official’ series on Geocaching.com.
Kids go to Coombe Abbey and work in groups to find official caches listed on the Geocaching.com website.
Introducing trackables. Looking at the journeys of various geocoins and travelbugs. Kids get to hold various examples. Then working in groups to devise themes and missions for 6 school travelbugs. Naming and registering them on Geocaching.com website.
Finish cache containers. Finalise cache descriptions, titles, hints and plot route of series on Google Earth to calculate walking distance of series.
Return to Coombe Abbey to place caches (containing new travelbugs). Submit cache details to Geocaching.com.