Top-Class Effort By Young Geocachers

Back in May, It’s Not About The Numbers profiled two young Wellington boys teaching their classmates how to geocache. Now we revisit their studies …

Mike Judd with geo-fans Scott Taylor-Beech, left, and Jack Braddick.

By Fran Lovell, Land Information New Zealand

Ngaio School’s eight-year-olds put digital information into action last week as they scoured the Wellington primary school for treasure with the aid of GPS units.

Land Information NZ staff joined in with the June 19 activities and were impressed by the children’s understanding of maps, location-based information and co-ordinates.

LINZ became involved with the students’ map studies earlier this term when Mike Judd of the NZ Geospatial Office showed the class how to use interactive maps on the department’s website.

These pupils are an example of a generation that is growing up ‘digital’, which is a sub-theme of the international Digital Earth Summit being co-hosted by LINZ and Wellington City Council from September 2-4.

Last week’s workshop – run by the school’s year-four syndicate – was designed so the children could put their new skills into practice. As well as geocaching, they tried traditional orienteering with maps, finding places on Google Earth, solving a treasure map problem and designing their own travel bug for hiding in geocaches.

Syndicate leader Adelle Broadmore said the action-packed event provided both a taster for children who had little practical experience of geocaching or orienteering as well as an opportunity for more knowledgeable children to share their skills.

The inclusion of geocaching and orienteering in Ngaio School’s maths curriculum stemmed from the enthusiasm that some of the children – notably ardent fans Jack Braddick and Scott Taylor-Beech, both 8 – and their families have for the activities, she said. As Jack explains: “Geocaching improves how you see.”

Scott’s father, Geoff, organised the workshop’s geocaching hunts and will arrange for a ‘travel bug’ designed by the children to make its way around the world from one geocache to another.

*For more information, see Land Information New Zealand’s website or that of the Digital Earth Summit.

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