Metal Detecting at OHMS
Mr. Anderson locating treasure in the halls of OHMS
Students watch the master treasure hunter Mr. Monson at work
Hot on the trail
Students' Thoughts on Metal Detecting
I really enjoyed doing the metal detecting. I found a US penny from 1950! I think that metal detecting is a very fun and educational activity. It’s hands-on work, which in my opinion is the best kind. You get to go out in a field and literally find history. It’s so interesting to get out there and to find your own piece of history and the story behind it. Everything has a story and with metal detecting it’s up to you to find it.
Before the activity at the school, I had always been mildly interested in the metal detecting. I am really interested in old objects like coins and have my own small collection of coins. My grandpa got me interested in radio waves and I am also interested in other things. When Mr. Monson taught us about the science of metal detecting it increased my interest in metal detecting. I got really excited and began to think of how fun it would be to find something lost to time. I think the company was very generous to donate these fun and useful machines. I found a 1950’s 100 Frank piece that Mr. Monson put in the ground. I want to pursue this hobby in the future. Metal detecting is fun.
Metal detecting was great! We learned so much. We learned about how the waves go out in a cone and comes back in a bigger cone. I found a 1976 Australian 50 cent piece. It was so much fun. It made me want a metal detector myself.
I went metal detecting and found a 1903 nickel and a 1956 penny. It was so exciting to be down on the ground on my hands and knees searching in the dirt and grass. Once you find something thought, that is the most exciting part. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do this. It was fun and I learned a lot.
Metal detecting was a great experience for me. I learned about how metal detectors work and how they can locate metal underground It was interesting to see how different metals send different types of signals to the metal detector. I was excited when I got to use this device and find different types of coins in the ground. We found various coins of all different sizes. I found a coin that was from the 1960’s while others even found coins dating back into the 1920’s!
At an activity for a reward, I went to the metal detecting activity. It was really cool that we got to use the metal detectors. We learned some about metal detecting, which was really interesting. A few of us got to wear hats, which was also really cool. We learned about good things to practice when metal detecting including respecting personal property, and protecting nature, like filling in holes you may dig. It was all very intriguing. We then went out to the field, and took turns with a few metal detectors. We split into groups around pegs in the ground marking areas where the teacher had buried a few coins and metal items earlier. The metal detectors were really cool and it was pretty easy to find the objects. I found this really cool and old looking coin. I flipped it over and the date 1776 was written on it. I got really excited and went home to look it up. I discovered that coins like it were very, very rare. Only a few, not real currency coins had been given to Paul Revere, and only one of this type has been found since. Then I learned that hundreds of fake replicas have been made of the coin. The one real coin is in a museum. It turned out mine was a fake. I was a little disappointed but it was fun and interesting, and got me into metal detecting. Who knows, maybe I will get my own metal detector!
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