Dumfries House Indoor and Outdoor facilities at Cumnock advertised on their Facebok page
we are looking for families to come and try our new 'Science Safari' Geocache trail - a hi-tech treasure hunt if this is all new to you. Using our GPS devices, explore the estate to find the hidden treasure and complete our science linked challenges. Pick up clues along the way to complete the trail and win some Institute of physics goodies back at base.It sounded right up our street, so I signed us up as a family of four, me, hubby, Fifi and Bob.
The facility is right next to the car park so we headed across and found a fellow cacher there, Paul, who joined us for the trail as his girls were not wanting to come. We signed in and picked up a preloaded GPS machine that I handed to Fifi. The caches are not being released to the public so our machine was no use. We also picked up a sheet that gave the order of the caches we were looking for, the sheet also had a clue for each. The sheets were done in such a way that different groups would be looking in a different order so that all groups would not be looking for the same one at the same time. Paul had arranged to pick up the coordinates and had programmed his machine earlier on. He showed Bob how to use and then left him with it. This was good because it meant both the children had a machine to work with and let to a bit of competition of boys v girls.
|we found the first cache very quickly|
This one involved using string telephones and taught them about sound waves and vibrations.
|Paul and two other cachers|
|Bob wandered away looking for No.2|
|Bob and Paul were off.|
We learnt about our CO2 footprint, how many trees it would take to cancel out our footprint, and how dead trees release the CO2 back into the atmosphere when they die.
|we bumped into some others doing the trail|
In one of them we had to measure the height of a tree with a straw clinometer
|measuring the height of a tree.|
|using a straw clinometer|
|Sun exposure beads worn in hot countries|
|walking along the wall between caches|
|we took some time off to climb trees|
This science theme for this cache was gravity and Bob had to work out how to spin an astronaut in a cup upside down so it did not fall out.
|spinning the astronaut|
|Fifi also did some tree climbing|
By now Bob was having a ball and determined that the boys team would beat the girls team. He disappeared off across the field to find another one.
He found it before any of us got here. This one was learning about Fibonacci Numbers and how they appear in nature. This one tested Bob's adding up skills.
|Bob found it.|
|Bob adding up numbers with Paul.|
|Us girls were in front this time.|
|we stopped to admire the ceiling inside this building.|
|love the colours of the bridge,|
|They ran on ahead to find the last cache.|
|which was cunningly disguised as a snail - not a plastic box.|
They also used the bike and pump to shoot water high into the air, the harder you peddled the higher the water squirted.
|Bob being musical.|
They had a great day and spent time in an area of the estate they previously had not been to.
They had a great day out, thoroughly enjoyed finding the caches as well as doing the experiments contained within each cache.