Singapore Steps Up Geospatial Capacity Building
Saturday, 28 July 2012
Singapore Land Authority pushed another step forward increasing the awareness and the use of geospatial technology by yesterday awarding the winners of the annual Spatial Challenge Awards 2012.
The Spatial Challenge Awards have been organised annually since 2008, and are part of the SLA’s initiatives to encourage the creative use of GeoSpatial Information and Technology in schools, as well as to equip young students with the relevant competencies and skills in order to build the country’s geospatial capacity.
“SLA and the Ministry of Education (MOE) are exploring the development of a web-based application for A-level Geography students. SLA is also formulating a Geospatial Competency Framework in consultation with academic, industry and public agency partners.” said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Law Sim Ann.
Supported by the Ministry of Education, the competition starts in March each year, with training sessions for both teachers and students conducted by SLA and Esri Singapore as the main sponsor.
There are 33 teams of students from 18 institutions taking part in this year’s challenge and having spent six months of hard work,
The winner in the Pre-University GIS Analysis category is Team Geogability from Catholic Junior College. The runners-up are Team Space Invaders from Hwa Chong Institution (College Section) and Team Nanyang Geographers from Nanyang Junior College.
For Tertiary GIS Analysis category, the winner is Team GeoTrio from National Institute of Education, and the runners-up are Team 117570 from National University of Singapore and Team GTMS from National Institute of Education.
The winner in the Tertiary GIS Application category is Team Edify from Nanyang Polytechnic, followed by Team Mapwork from Singapore Management University and Team Razzle Dazzle from SIM University.
The Spatial Challenge competition was firstly introduced in 2008 with the aim of increasing the awareness of geospatial technology among students and encouraging the innovative use of GIT in schools. It is supported by the Ministry of Education. Each year, the competition starts in March, with training sessions for both teachers and students conducted by SLA and Esri Singapore, the main sponsor and the world’s leading GIS software company.
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