Middle school students to learn map and compass skills

Fifteen students from Las Cruces middle schools will learn how to use compasses, handheld GPS (global positioning system) units and topographical maps as part of the second annual ROAG-Squared Navigation Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.

On Saturday at NMSU, the students will receive backpacks, compasses and topo maps and learn how to navigate with map and compass. They also will learn to use a GPS unit during a geocaching exercise behind the Activity Center at 10:30 a.m., followed by a pizza party at Preciado Park at noon.

On Sunday they will put their new skills to the test during orientation activities at La Cueva, which is part of the Dripping Springs recreation area at the foot of the Organ Mountains east of Las Cruces.

ROAG-Squared stands for RASEM Orientation and GPS and GIS. The two-day event is offered in partnership with NMSU’s RASEM-Squared program.

RASEM’s primary goal is to increase the numbers of students with disabilities who choose careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, although its activities are not limited exclusively to students with disabilities.
Ron Taylor, an NMSU student working toward degrees in geography and elementary education, is leading the Navigation Challenge. Organizers are seeking funding to continue the program during the next fall and spring semesters. For more information contact Taylor at 644-7404.

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