Friday, January 17, 2014
Get lost in the GPS Adventures Maze and learn how to find your way using GPS! Running from January 13, 2014 through May 4, 2014, the National Corvette Museum presents the “GPS Adventures” exhibit, an interactive look into traditional and modern navigation. Kids and their families can explore the ways that GPS is used, find out where the technology is heading in the future, and discover geocaching, a family-friendly treasure hunting game in the great outdoors.
“This is a fun, family friendly and educational treasure hunt that is great for people of all ages,” said Education Coordinator, Kellie Steen.
Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. The basic idea is to hide caches (treasures) and post the locations of these caches on the internet. Anyone with a GPS receiver can enter the location’s coordinates to find the caches. At that point, geocachers can log the caches at www.geocaching.com to show that they’ve found them. It sounds easier than it is. The location may be difficult to get to, or the cache may be very well hidden. There may also be a puzzle to solve or information to collect before one can calculate the final location. Often the first cache contains the location of a second cache containing the location of a third and so on until the geocacher finds the final cache.
To celebrate the new exhibit, the Museum, Groundspeak (owners and operators of geocaching.com), and the Middle Tennessee Geocachers Club will be hosting a Grand Opening event on Saturday, January 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attendees will be among the first to see the exhibit in Bowling Green while socializing with fellow geocachers. Refreshments are available for attendees as well as a table for Trackables. The event will also offer a one-day only series of “Lab Caches.” Attendees of all ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. The geocaching event is free, however those wishing to see the GPS Adventures Exhibit will be charged regular admission pricing. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 6 to 16 and children age 5 and under are free. The Museum also offers a family rate for $25 which is good for everyone in a household.
On Monday, January 20, 2014, from 8am-4:30pm, the Museum is hosting a Geocaching Camp for kids. In this day camp, children will learn about geocaching, visit the GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit, tour the Corvette Museum, play games, and do activities relating to geocaching including GPS usage, maps, and a scavenger hunt. Pre-registration is required and more information can be found online at: http://www.corvettemuseum.org/registration/camp.