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element14 Community Launches Global Geocaching Treasure Hunt To Map Locations Of Scientific Significance

Participants could receive one of 1,500 circuit board Trackables and one of 10 Raspberry Pi 2 GPS project kits

element14, the world’s largest online community of engineers and The_element14_company_logotechnology enthusiasts, is proud to launch its Engineering a Connected World geocaching campaign. The first 1,500 people who apply will receive a keychain-sized circuit board Trackable to place in geocaches around the world. Participants are encouraged to identify caches near locations of scientific significance, which are being recorded on element14’s Atlas of Scientific Achievement.

element14 is also offering 10 Raspberry Pi 2 GPS project kits to select individuals who will use the kit to build a geo-location solution and share their project on the Community. Those interested in winning a kit and building their own GPS solution can apply here.

“The geocaching phenomenon has touched nearly every corner of the Earth and is a natural fit for element14’s broader Engineering a Connected World initiative,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14.

Anyone interested in participating can visit the element14 Community to request a free Trackable while supplies last. Upon receiving it, members will register their Trackable on Geocaching.com and indicate the Geocache where they have hidden it. As other geocachers find and move the Trackable, a dynamic map of its travels will be displayed. Participants will be encouraged to find geocaches near locations of scientific significance including but not limited to:

  • Government research centers
  • Historical sites
  • Notable museums
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Natural parks
  • Locations of personal significance to the participant: classrooms, maker labs, etc.

Anyone finding an element14 Trackable is encouraged to take a selfie with it to share on the Community and social media using #ConnectedWorld. The Atlas of Scientific Achievement is open to everyone to explore and to add more places of scientific significance.

“Our hope is to create a robust map of scientific achievements throughout history and across the globe,” Kibbey said. “We’re connecting people to physical locations of scientific importance and hoping they share and discover the science all around them.”

To learn more about the geocaching game, register for a Trackable and enter to win a Raspberry Pi 2 GPS kit, visit http://www.element14.com/geocaching.

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