Looking for a great family outdoor activity to do with your kids? Do you already own a GPS receiver or smart phone? Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunting hobby using GPS satellites to hide and seek containers called "geocaches". There over one million geocaches around the world, with over 4,800 in Maryland alone. These are registered on various websites devoted to the sport. Access to these sites is FREE and if you own a smart phone, you can turn it into a Geocaching GPS for just $10.00! Participants in the course will learn everything you need to know to take part in this fun hobby. This introductory session will cover the history of geocaching, using GPS receivers and the Android and iPhone apps for geocaching, types of geocaches and what you’ll find in them, how to go out and find and/or set your own geocaches, using the many Internet sites to learn about geocaches or post yours, and the role items like travel bugs, geo-coins, and pathtags play in geocaching. The course will be taught in the computer lab with one or more practical sessions in the adjacent park area. Participants must provide their own GPS receiver units (smart phones are ok if they have the geocaching application). There will be several units which are available for loan but these must be reserved prior to class. For more information contact Robert Hicks @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ages: 12 & up
Dates: 1/19/11 – 2-23/11
Days: Wednesdays/ 6 weeks
Location: Carver Center Computer Lab