The inaugural Geospatial Information Competition was run in late 2018 with nearly 20 entries from schools across Australia.
Students from grade 7 through 10 were given the chance to get to grips with how geospatial science works, what it can tell us about our communities, and ways that it can help us solve real world problems.
Students had to identify an issue in their local area, then use geospatial information and technologies to address it. Working individually or in a group, they collected and represented spatial data on the project, undertook technical tasks, and developed solutions and recommendations.
Recently the Destination Spatial Queensland Executive sat as the judging panel for the competition. They were very impressed with the calibre of the entries, so it was a tough job choosing the winners!
1st place was Lizzie and Micah who were in Year 7 at Nowra Christian College in NSW last year. They completed a storymap called ‘Using spatial technology to optimise nest box placement’. The judges felt that they used data they had collected, geospatial tools and geospatial information really well to outline their problem, analyse it and come to a conclusion.
2nd place was Bede and Tom who were in Year 9 at Barker College in NSW last year. Their video, ‘Solving homelessness in NSW using geospatial technologies’, examined homelessness in Sydney and across NSW. The judges felt that they used geospatial data well to explain their issue but their solution/outcome wasn’t as well defined.
As part of their prize, Lizzie, Micah and their teacher will be flown to Melbourne to attend the Locate19 Conference, including the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Gala Dinner to showcase their work to the industry and to see how geospatial tools can be used in the real world.
Thanks to all the entrants - we hope to announce the 2019 Competition soon!
For more information on the competition, or on Spatial Science as a career path for young people, please visit the Geospatial Science website.