Rosie Riveters’ Women’s History Hunt
March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, Rosie Riveters is launching a family geocaching activity that combines STEM and women’s history!
Rosie Riveters has designed two geocache hunts to highlight the contributions of women in STEM, one in northwest Arlington, the other in Old Town Alexandria. We’re inviting everyone to participate from March 8th-March 31st, and offering prizes to those who complete one hunt or both. So join us on the Women’s History Hunt and discover the history of women in STEM!
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game that is growing in popularity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants use GPS-enabled devices to reach specific locations where geocaches (containers) are hidden (see more at https://www.geocaching.com). Most geocaches contain a small item to take and/or a log to sign.
How does the Rosie Riveters’ Women’s History Hunt work?
- Download our Women’s History Hunt map on google maps and select the hunt you’d like to do (northwest Arlington or Old Town Alexandria). You can do both hunts, but we highly recommend you complete one in its entirety (all six clues) before moving on to the second.
- Navigate to the first cache using the map and clues and open it up! Each of the geocaches in Rosie Riveters’ Women’s History Hunt includes a puzzle piece with a clue about the life of a significant woman in STEM, enabling you to guess her identity along the way!
Once all six geocaches in the hunt are found, you’ll have completed a puzzle and identified a famous woman in STEM history! Take a picture of your completed puzzle and send it, along with your mailing address, to [email protected] by April 9th to receive a prize!
- Kids completing one hunt will receive our Build Your Own Harmonia mini-STEM kit (ideal for kids in grades kindergarten-2nd).
- Kids completing both hunts (northwest Arlington and Old Town Alexandria) will receive our Binary Wearable STEM kit (ideal for kids in grades kindergarten-5th).
- Older kids and adults can take part too! If you complete your own hunt (i.e., not assisting a child), you’ll receive a pack of our Amazing Women in STEM notecards
- Note to parents helping small children: our clues are hidden in silver metal boxes that are branded with Rosie Riveters' logo. Some are hidden under and in-between other objects/natural features, but you should not have to venture too far from the designated location to find the box. Please also be advised not to pick up any "rocks" near the Alexandria waterfront as artificial ones can be used for animal traps.
We can’t wait for you to join us on our Women’s History Hunt, and are so excited to see your finished puzzles in the coming weeks! Questions or concerns? Please email [email protected].
Let’s go geocaching and make history HERstory!
Experienced Geocachers, Please Note
Rosie Riveters’ Women’s History Hunt is a bit different from typical geocaching. We are using google maps instead of a geocaching app (the latter is for individual rather than commercial or institutional use), you do not need to leave anything behind in our caches after taking a puzzle piece, and we are not using logs.
By participating in this hunt you are doing so at your own risk. Geocaching, hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities involve risk to both persons and property. Always exercise common sense and caution. Neither Rosie Riveters, nor any agent, officer, employee of Rosie Riveters warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information and shall not be liable for any losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, portions may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on information obtained from Rosie Riveters does so at his or her own risk.