October 2023

Year 10 students win nationwide British Cartographic Society competition

A group of Year 10 students recently won the Restless Earth Award – a nationwide competition run by the British Cartographic Society.

The competition challenges Years 9 and 10 students from schools across the country to take on the role of mapping organisations such as Shelter Box and the UN to produce resources that would support the actions of humanitarian aid, search and rescue, and military and medical aid workers. This year, the competition specifically focussed on the Japanese Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011.

During the two-hour activity, students had to decipher symbols and data from a variety of Japanese cartographic maps, and use the information to plot out and respond to the hazards as accurately as possible on a separate map. The St Helen’s group – Lottie, Mani, Dorothy, Natasha and Sophie – were selected for their accuracy and detail.

Ms Snowdon, Acting Head of Geography, commented: “We are incredibly proud of the students who demonstrated excellent teamwork and fantastic cartographic skills to complete a challenging workshop on hazard mapping.”

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