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Future of GPS Adventures at Smithsonian Time and Navigation Exhibit

by gps4us news 2011-09-21 11:38

GPS Adventures offers geocaching fun for kids and parents

The U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing are among organizations contributing their support for the exciting educational venue. Following the path of GPS Adventures on the move exhibit, the new large scale Time and Navigation Exhibit will take place at the Smithsonian Institution. It builds on the success of the Discovery Network traveling exhibit which attracted young talent: thousands of kids and their parents while hosted by several science museums in Arkansas. GPS Adventures is an immersive, widely educational experience designed to teach kids and adults about global positioning system, the GPS technology. Visitors discover the ways to navigate  through an GPS interactive maze. The maze challenges innovative thinking while simulating geocaching, the popular family-friendly treasure hunting game.

The geocaching is GPS navigation assisted outdoor activity which allows to have fun with your friends and learn new technology together by sharing best treasure finding practices. Geocaching is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. A geocaching enthusiasts anywhere in the world would place a geocache treasure for other geocachers to find it, by pinpointing its hidden location using geocacher's web sites and blogs. GPS technology in hand helps complete the task of finding the treasure and  share the success story. The treasure vault is often reloaded with the new treasure. The precise GPS latitude, longitude and elevation of the found location is shared online. GPS navigator or GPS enabled smartphone in hand of many other geocache adventurers will guide them to next step in the new cycle of the game.

Geocaching is fun

The 2,500 square foot maze gives visitors the opportunity to learn the basics of traditional paper maps based and modern GPS based navigation, to as of GPS Standard Positioning Services and associated  performance standards. The improvements and changes include the better signal-in-space range accuracy and the new definition for the GPS constellation with more than 24 satellites. Students find examples of currently used GPS technology, educate themselves about latest and greatest global navigation developments, and put  their talent in an immediate use by brainstorming and generating new ideas towards design of future GPS Adventures navigational applications.

GPS Adventures has history of gathering crowds of visitors for last couple of years. Since its debut at the Minnetrista museum in Muncie, Indiana, the GPS Adventures has been showcased at science museums across North America. The exhibit was hosted with success by Maryland Science Center, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The family-friendly treasure hunting game of geocaching attracts thousands of young and talented students, kids and future innovators allowing everyone to learn about exciting new GPS developments based on U.S. GPS constellation satellites and firm foundation supported by Smithsonian, the GPS Adventures exhibit sponsors and funds contributors including the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing.

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