Sunday, May 15, 2011

Exeter-Milligan Fourth Graders Learn About Geo-Caching

Exeter-Milligan students in Susan Wait’s fourth grade class used hand held GPS units to navigate the school grounds and park in Milligan searching for hidden cache boxes.

Exeter-Milligan fourth graders recently participated in the 4-H School Enrichment Geocaching activity. 14 students in Susan Wait’s fourth grade class used global satellite technology to search for hidden caches on and around the school grounds in Milligan. Lyndsey Pohlmeier, Extension Assistant taught students about longitude and latitude, the uses of GPS, and geocaching as a hobbie. Fourth graders learned to mark and find waypoints using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units provided by the Fillmore County Extension Office.
Students participated in a scavenger hunt using the GPS units along with the latitude and longitude coordinates to determine the location of hidden cache boxes. Students answered a question about GPS before searching for the next cache box. The final hidden cache contained a small prize for each student.

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