|My GPS Treasure Hunters heading off into the campus|
|Example clue (...this gate shut)|
At the event I paired up the players to make sure there was at least one phone/device between them and one copy of the form to complete (I also made sure they had a bottle of water each as it was a hot day!)
1. Only use landmarks that aren't going to change - signs written on windows seem a good idea, but if they are washed off between you taking the photo and completing the treasure hunt you end up with frustrated players....clue 9 (pictured) was a bit of a disaster.
|Watch out for window washers...|
|Three formats for co-ordinates|
3. It takes longer than you think! I allowed players 45 minutes to wander round the campus, solve the eleven clues and head back in time for a chat about potential uses of this format. This was nowhere near long enough! The second time this activity ran I removed two of the clues and it still wasn't long enough. I think 6 clues would have been plenty for an activity like this.
4. What is your 'treasure'? I couldn't actually leave treasure to be found, but if I had more control of the playing area I would have liked to plant clues at each location which had to be found to lead on to the next location. Or, in true geocaching style, I would have liked to leave small rewards. The photo solution I used worked fine and was logistically easier - my 'treasure' was a prize to the team who found the most clues in the shortest time (a mug each).
5. What is this useful for? Well I designed it as a light-hearted competition for people to play as part of a conference with an opportunity to try GPS devices. The feedback from my players was that it was a fun activity and that you could also use it for:
- Students locating residences/classrooms
- Introduction to public ways and other facilities
- finding RFID tagged library books on shelves
- Introduction/orientation to com[us/library for new students
- As an enrolment activity
- As an activity based on a map before students start