Here’s a little geocaching scenario for you. You’re about to embark on your next geocaching adventure. Your mind starts racing through the all-too-familiar checklist: GPS (check), pen (check), extra batteries (check)… wait, you’re forgetting something. What could it be? Extra batteries? Nope. You almost forgot to bring your stuffed-animal sheep. Whew, that was a close call. That’s the actual geocaching checklist for Ontario’s Cheryl Shaw and her husband Dave Devine. They call themselves “Team Sheep.” Cheryl and Dave started geocaching just over a year ago. Almost all of their 401 finds share something in common— a picture of their stuffed [...]
Teachers are using geocaching to take their lesson plans out of the classroom and into the real world. Students learn about GPS technology, navigation, spatial concepts, math and more through geocaching. Watch how one teacher from McKinney, Texas, USA employees geocaching to educate her students about science. The Lost & Found video takes you along during a typical school day as Mrs. Burford’s elementary school class learns through geocaching. You can find even more resources for educators in our GPS in Education Forum. Watch all the Lost & Found videos highlighting unique geocachers and the worldwide adventure of geocaching.
This year, the Boy Scouts of America announced their plans for a new Geocaching Merit Badge. Watch our latest Lost & Found video to see how Boy Scout Troop 75 incorporates geocaching into their program. The scout troop from from Manhattan, Kansas also demonstrates some of the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to earn the badge. Requirements for the Geocaching Merit Badge are available online. The official Geocaching Merit Badge patch is in final development and expected to be released in the near future. Groundspeak is currently hosting a booth at the BSA 2010 National Scout Jamboree in [...]
Inventor Mikal Hart shifts geocaching in reverse. Hart’s “Reverse Geocaching Puzzle Box” is a locked box that needs you to deliver it to a secret location. The box won’t unlock until you take it to this pre-programmed destination. The GPS-enabled box presents users with a deceivingly simple button and a small display. You press the button and the display reads a distance. Players only have 50 chances to move the box to the correct location before the box locks forever. There are many more geocaching adventures. Take a look at all the Lost & Found videos here.
Haven’t you always dreamed of a bulging hippocampus? Another question at this point, might be: what’s a hippocampus? The hippocampus is the portion of the brain believed to store maps of our surroundings. It allows us to navigate around this crazy mixed-up world. It’s your inner GPS. If you’re going to the grocery store, your parents’ house or the place by that Thai restaurant your friend told you about? Yeah, your hippocampus gets you there. A famous study into the inner wiring of London taxi drivers’ brains discovered something, well, unexpected. The late 1990’s research found the drivers hippocampi were [...]
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