POSTED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 12:04pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors (GBRAR) Board awarded a grant of almost $1,000 to seventh-grade science teacher Mark Zweig at a reception and luncheon at Glasgow Middle School. The grant will fund a Geocaching Survival Project.
The project is modeled after the famous "geochaching.com" website that hosts a worldwide activity in geocaching. Science and math teachers will set up several re-useable "caches" on campus for students to learn compass skills, mapping, map scales and Customary and Metric units skills and basic ways to chart waypoints for use in camping and survival. They also will learn teamwork and scientific inquiry skills. Students will use Garmin eTrex H handheld GPS units in the project. More than 200 students are expected to participate in the Glasgow Middle School project.
Zweig said lessons will be designed in the core subject areas for use by other teachers. He has created units available for the entire staff through the school’s library. The project allows students to use GPS to measure, draw and map the football field and for other activities to help them prepare for the upcoming iLEAP and LEAP exams.