Geospatial Information Competition

The winners are announced!

Following an flurry of entries and exciting activity, the winners of the 2018 Geospatial Information Competition can now finally be revealed.

The winners

Without further ado, the winners of the Geospatial Information Competition!

In first place, we have Elizabeth Peabody and Micah Edwards from Nowra Christian School in NSW. Studying year 7 last year, Elizabeth and Micah completed a storymap called ‘Using spatial technology to optimise nest box placement’. The judges felt that they cleverly used the data they had collected, wielding geospatial tools and geospatial information very well to outline their problem, analyse it and come to a conclusion. You can find their winning entry here.

The prize

Elizabeth, Micah and their supervising teacher Leah Arthur were flown to Melbourne for the APSEA Gala Dinner to receive an award, discuss their work with industry representatives, and to see how geospatial tools can be used in the real world.

First prize also nets Elizabeth and Micah $1,000 cash.

“It was a fantastic way to show the kids the real-world applications of emerging technologies,” Mrs Arthur said of the competition. “I think what I was most proud of was that these guys started with a goal but very little idea of how to get to the goal, and every time a challenge was put in front of them they just rose to the challenge. They didn’t expect the answer to come to them. As a teacher, that’s pretty impressive.”

The competition also taught the two winners a lot. Micah says he learnt how to collect a lot of information, then, “Put it into something that is really meaningful and actually has a purpose.”

Elizabeth found the competition inspiring. “We set out doing something just locally and it’s actually got to a national level where we can talk about something we’re passionate about to a whole group of people who are probably more interested than a lot of the people we know.

“I think it’s been really empowering to know that as kids – like, 13 years olds – we have a voice in our local and national environment.”

ABOVE: A video related to Lizzie and Micah’s winning entry, ‘Using spatial technology to optimise next box placement’

The runners-up

In second place, it is Bede Taylor and Tom Abbott (pictured with SSSI Honorary Fellow and NSW Regional Chair Gabriel van Wyk and their teacher Simon) who were in Year 9 at Barker College in NSW last year. Their video, ‘Solving homelessness in Sydney and NSW. We felt that they used geospatial data well to explain their issue. Watch their running-up entry here.

Bede and Tom received $500 cash for their efforts.

ABOVE: Bede and Tom’s runners-up entry: ‘Solving homelessness in NSW using geospatial technologies’

The 2019 competition is coming soon

Congratulations to our two winning teams! The standard of entries across the competition was high, and we would also like to extend our thanks to all the students who applied. We hope you got a lot out of the experience and enjoyed the process of using spatial information to help address issues that are important to us in the local area.

We are gearing up now for our 2019 competition, expected to launch in Term 2 to give schools more time to get their responses in. If you have any questions about the 2018 or the 2019 competition, email

The criteria

Students will be judged on how well their response:

  • Identifies a challenge and outlines the processes that have led to/caused that challenge in the local area
  • Uses spatial technologies to help analyse the issues around their challenge
  • Communicates their solution to the problem in a clear, engaging and compelling way

Judging the student or group’s year level will be taken into consideration.

What the competition involves

This competition helps demonstrate the importance of geospatial science in an increasingly complex and exciting world. Teachers and students will be supplied with geospatial science teaching and learning materials to ensure effective engagement with their classroom subjects. The Geospatial Information Competition is a chance for students from grade 7 through 10 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.

It is also a chance to have a lot of fun playing with cool technology.

In completing their project, students will be permitted to align their entry with the geography, science, mathematics and technology curricula.

Thinking about what comes after grade 12?

There are a number of pathways you can take if you want to study geospatial science in Queensland.