High school pupils test their mapping skills

August 27th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

To interest high school pupils in geospatial careers, the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Geomatics Department hosted a mapping competition in August 2018. This year’s competition theme was “Map your neighbourhood,” with students tasked to draw maps of the land use and areas of interest in their neighbourhood. Submissions were judged on their depictions of land as well as use of colour, legends, labelling and general creativity, as well as on their verbal presentation explaining their approach.

Ameesha and Mayuri Ranchhod, the winners of the mapping competition.

Ameesha and Mayuri Ranchhod, the winners of the mapping competition.

Schools in the Pretoria and greater Pretoria region enter student teams selected by teachers three months prior to the competition day, culminating in the submission of their maps and verbal presentations on the day. Seven teams competed for this year’s winning prize – an HP printer for each team member. The contest formed part of the Faculty for Engineering and the Built Environment’s Competitions Day, where each department hosts a competition related to its field.

The winning map with pop-up information.

The winning map with pop-up information.

Ameesha and Mayuri Ranchhod from Sutherland High School were declared the winners for their map of Eldoraigne and its extensions, complete with popup labels which displayed creativity and scored high in the other criteria. TUT geomatics lecturer, Edward Kurwakumire, who was one of three judges, said the map was clear, artistic and contained more cartographic elements than one might expect from high school students. He also complimented the winning team on their presentation, which he said they delivered with confidence.

The runners up were Christine Scheepers and Leoné du Plessis from Hoërskool Oos-Moot in second place, and Busisiwe Buthelezi and Pamela Peega from Hoërskool Hercules in third place.

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