Share Paper: STEMLandia – The Nature’s Apprentice Geocaching Adventure Opening the Door for STEM Learning Through Outside Games

  1. James Larsen, EdGE at TERC, United States
  2. Daphne Minner, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, United States
  3. Elizabeth Rowe, EdGE at TERC, United States
  4. Teon Edwards, EdGE at TERC, United States
  5. Jodi Asbell-Clarke, EdGE at TERC, United States
  6. Erin Bardar, EdGE at TERC, United States
  7. Barbara MacEachern, EdGE at TERC, United States
Thursday, June 26 2:45 PM-3:05 PM B3109

Abstract: STEMLandia is a pilot project that uses geocaching, a popular hide-and-seek game, to create a STEM learning experience that opens the door for players, young and old, to explore and learn from nature by discovering caches located on the grounds at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Each cache in the adventure is located near a plant selected to relay a story that helps introduce and uncover science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related concepts as the adventure unfolds. This brief paper reports on how the project is looking at ways outside gaming adventures, especially those built around a simple ...