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Would you like to include geocaching in your classroom curriculum? The GEOPA PROJECT helps teachers use GPS technology to enhance learning.

© 2008 Dr. Alice Christie



Each lesson will include:

  • Simple, graphic directions on using a GPS receiver
  • The GPS coordinates of the public art work
  • A map of Metropolitan Phoenix with the general area of the public art highlighted and driving directions fo the general area of the public art
  • A picture of the public art work
  • Some intriguing facts about the public art work
  • A set of questions about the public art work that participants will answer after reaching the geocache
  • Follow-up activities, games, puzzles,and/or Internet links that participants can complete/explore at a later date.

Select a Lesson

Click on any lesson below or scroll through the descriptions that follow to choose a lesson that sounds most interesting to you.


An Open Book

This artwork is inspired by the book as a physical object and as one of the principle tools associated with learning. It focuses on the letters of the alphabet as the primary building blocks of our language and learning system. This sculpture is composed of 28 translucent cast resin blocks in a grid-like pattern attached to the curved wall of the library’s meeting room. Each block (or page) contains natural and found objects which are related to the letter of the alphabet inscribed on each block. Link to Lesson

Fire Station # 30

This 30 foot tall, welded steel weeping willow tree consists of arching branches and more than 6,000 individually cut leaves. Artist Joe Tyler created the piece specifically for the fire station and a gathering place for the community.

Joe Tyler currently lives and works in Arizona. He also designed the renovated Alhambra High School Courtyard located at 43rd Avenue and Camelback. It consists of steel prickly pear cactus plants.

He has designed additional metal sculptures for Scottsdale Fashion Park, as well as the cities of Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, Surprise, and Yuma, AZ. Link to Lesson.

Language of Light

Celebrating the southwestern sun, two kinetic light sculptures transform sunlight, through heliostats and vacuum coated mirrors, into all the colors of the spectrum, playing chromatic images across the interior walls of the building. Link to Lesson.