Scavenger Hunt App for O&M

I recently organized a group of friends to do a scavenger hunt in Washington, D.C. The feedback that I received on the activity gave me some ideas about lessons for my O&M students.  

The app that I used was Big City Hunt.  I purchased the scavenger hunt ticket through Groupon at a discount, but the actual BIG City Hunt  website has tickets available for purchase. 

Here is the objective of the hunt directly from the website:

What is the objective of the hunt? 

"To learn and have fun! When you start your hunt, you will receive a single clue on your smartphone. You need to solve this clue to find the location that will help you solve your next clue. Throughout your scavenger hunt, you will be prompted to complete challenges and explore hidden details of notable city landmarks. You'll earn points as you go, which could earn you a spot on a city's leader board!”

What I liked about the concept of this scavenger hunt is that the entire activity is orchestrated through the Big city hunt app. Once teams or individuals are registered, the app gives you clues along the way.  The locations are typically in places good for sightseeing, such as downtown areas.  The app gives good descriptive directions for getting to locations including street names and location names.  This is a fun way to introduce skills to our students including street crossing, landmark, building location, and directionality skills.  The use of the Big City Hunt app layered with the use of a compass (a digital app) can be of great benefit to our visually impaired students and clients.  In addition to the wonderful set of O&M skills that they will gain, our students and clients will have fun learning facts about their local community as well as learning about fun locations to visit in the future.  

This is how the Big City Hunt works.

Here are some goals and objectives for working on navigational skills.

If you have tried using a scavenger hunt app, or have created a scavenger hunt on your own, please comment below and let us know how it went!



Posted by Diane BraunerMay 07, 2018

I have done simple scavenger hunts with O&M students. In a store, I have brailled individual clues and placed them in a Ziplock bag. The student draws a clue, figures out the department and travels to that department. Then the student draws another clue. This is a fun way to see if the student truly knows the store layout and understands how items are organized by departments.  

I have also done scavenger hunts in a mall. Ideally, the mall hunts are done with two or more teams (each student or student team is supervised by an adult). Clues are delivered to clerks in the desired stores ahead of time. The clue is typically an object but could be a brailled hint. Students are given the first clue and then travel to the desired store. Once in the store, they have to find the checkout counter and ask for the next clue. Clues for younger students might be simple, such as a penny (coin) taped to an index card to represent J.C. Penny's. The last clue typically brings the student to the Food Court for a cookie or other food reward!

Posted by Christi TateMay 29, 2018

What an awesome idea. This looks like a fun learning experience. Thanks for sharing Ericka.