Today was the orienteering course for the class at KU I helped out last week (which is not the class I'm teaching this semester). The class is for freshmen only and is part of KU's first year seminar series:https://firstyear.ku.edu/fys
The specific class is ANTH 177 Boots, Machetes, and Lasers: Lost Cities and How to Find Them. https://firstyear.ku.edu/first-year-seminars-2019
The prof got the idea of including orienteering from an archaeology colleague at University of Alabama Birmingham named Sarah Parcak. I've no idea how she knew of orienteering. She's known for remote sensing and archaeology.
I set a course that went to a dozen spots on campus where the students would find some information to answer a question. Most of the points were a bit out of the way. Gene helped out by putting hot pink tapes at each location. He also picked them up this afternoon, saving me the chore of picking them up.
The students all did fine. They worked in teams of two. They all seemed to have fun. They all seemed engaged in the exercise, not just wandering around. One team got all 12 points. None of them seemed to have any navigation problems (which I attribute to what I taught them last week!). Nice weather helped. The professor seemed happy with how it went and recognized the value of map reading and navigating as a good exercise.
All in all, a good experience.
And something odd and completely unrelated...while I was updating this note on my log, I had some music playing in the background. And The Ark came on with a Eurovision entry...how odd: https://youtu.be/8WPPeC8Qg_U