ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County students went on a high-tech treasure hunt as part of the district’s “All about the Cache” TechyKids Summer Camp.
This week, third- through fifth-graders learned about GPS technology through the popular hobby of geocaching.
Led by Mrs. Jill Buck and Mrs. Tara Pierce, the class took two field trips where they were able to find real geocaches hidden in Hamlet and Rockingham.
While out cacheing, they toured the Hamlet Fire Department and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to see how they use GPS technology during emergencies.
Students also visited the Richmond County 911 building. While there, they saw a mock 911 call and text being made in addition to seeing the computerized map dispatchers use to locate callers.
Throughout the week, students learned about travel bugs. They collaboratively created their own with the mission of traveling to every single state.
And, now that camp’s over, they’ll be able to watch their trackable travel via the geocaching.com website.
Camp organizers thanked sheriff’s Capt. Mike Burns, Hamlet Assistant Fire Chief Calvin White and Bob Smith and Donna Wright of Richmond County 911 for leading the presentations for Richmond County Schools TechyKids.