We are about to embark on what we hope will be a fun learning adventure and we’d like to invite nine other schools around the world to have some fun with us. We’ve purchased nine “travel bug” identification tags from geocaching.com that we will be attaching to some special tokens from Chalone Peaks Midle School. We would like to send each bug on a quest to reach a different destination. The propossed destination will be a secret “cache” located near a partner school.
Each bug will be trackable through this blog and through a dedicated page on geocaching.com. We will illustrate their progress with Google Maps and Google Earth downloadable files. There is no guarantee that any bug will reach its ultimate destination, but it will be fun tracking their progress. If a bug does make it to a partner school, we would like a photo of it on your blog and then try to send it back this way or hang it in a fun place in your class.
How will this work?
We will place a travel bug attached to a unique token from Chalone Peaks Middle School into a hidden cache near our school. When a geocacher finds the bug, he or she will log into geocaching.com and enter the bug’s code. The ultimate destination will be revealed as a cache site near your school.
The geocacher that originally finds the bug destined for your school will attempt to place it in a new cache closer to the bug’s goal. It will be up to other geocachers to move it on from there. With luck (maybe a lot of luck!), the bug will arrive at the pre-determined cache site near your school. In order to participate, you don’t need to be a geocacher, but it will help if you can find a local contact to help deliver the bug from its final stop to you. If it does reach you, it may take several weeks, or even months. The fun will be in the adventure and in learning about GPS, trackables, Google Maps, and geocaching.
We plan to have all of the bugs placed in caches by early October. Our campus is located near a popular travel corridor and we expect the bugs to be on their way by the end of October. They will be identified as school projects, which may expedite their travel a bit.
For more information about geocaching, take a look at the video below, or visit geocaching.com. If you would like to participate, please leave a comment or email me directly at jwmiller at kcusd dot org. We have nine bugs available and would prefer they travel outside of California, but we will consider other options or interesting variations.