MOSCOW, Idaho --- University of Idaho and members of the university’s ROTC participated in a navigation game without technology.

Two teams will be navigating around Moscow Mountain. One team will be using GPS technology, while the other team will navigate without.

"If you were just thrown out there, it would be a little nerve wracking because most of us live with a GPS," ROTC cadet James Founds said.

The researchers are observing the teams to see how they react to their environment when technology fails or is not available.

"We do observations. We have observers at the way points," researcher Lil Alessa said.

The bigger picture of this exercise is to make sure soldiers, firefighters, and first responders can function when technology is not available.

"With anything we use, there's a tradeoff. So we're trying to understand those tradeoffs," Alessa said.