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ME Small Students Learn through Geocaching

April 23, 2010

Did you like to hunt for treasure when you were a kid? Well so do the 4th and 5th graders at ME Small Elementary School. And they are learning so much about science while doing so in the new sport called “geocaching” thanks to a grant from Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank.

Here are some excerpts:

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache any place in the world, pinpoint its location using Global Positioning System technology, and share the cache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS hand-held unit can then try to locate the geocache.

Students learn how satellites revolving around the Earth can help them locate a position. “Twenty-four satellites 12,000 miles above us orbiting twice a day at 7,000 miles per hour help us with our mission,“ Close told students. Using two colored pencils, a ruler and a map, they quickly learned to find their position and to follow the parameters delineated online to locate a cache.

This is really cool stuff! DY Schools are great, for sure!

Read the full article in The Register here:

M.E. Small students learn as they hunt treasure

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