Friday, July 23rd, 2021 - She Maps

Winners Announced for ‘How Cool is Your School’ competition, Australia’s largest geospatial competition for schools. The competition is proudly sponsored by The Surveyors Trust.

The national ‘How Cool is your School’ is the brainchild of She Maps, a drone and geospatial education company that aims to get students learning mapping skills as early as possible. The competition asks the students to calculate the percentage of green infrastructure or green shady space that we have at their school, then the competition challenges the students to come up with some solutions to maybe make their school a little bit greener and more of an inviting space to be in.  Prizes are awarded in each age group Under 6 to 12+ for the best map that meets cartographic (mapping) conventions.

On the 22nd of July, She Maps announced the seven winners of the national ‘How Cool is your School’ competition. This years competition surpassed SHe Maps expectations and attracted a record number of entrants. She Maps received over 900 school registrations and 573 individual submissions from students. A huge congratulations to our 2021 Winners and Special Mentions who each receive a Tello EDU microdrone.

Winners 2021

Under 6 - Jolie, Parafield Gardens School

Age 7 - Genevieve, Bucasia State School

Age 8 - Tiffany, Torrens Valley Christian School

Age 9 - Gemma, St Gerard Majella

Age 10 - Camryn, Our Lady Help of Christians School

Age 11 - Olympia, Newton Primary School

Age 12 - Kirsten, Castle Hill High School 

 

Highly Commended

- Ziggy, 8, Cooeyanna Homeschool

- Hely, 8, Marryatville Primary School

- Ari, 10, Trinity Anglican School

- Milla, 10, Cooyeanna Homeschool

- Mrs Minnikin and her class, 12+, Ormiston College

 

Judges Prizes 

  • Evan, a student at Flagstaff Primary School. Evan is a student with learning difficulties who engaged significantly in this activity with his learning support staff member and worked at his expected year level for numeracy. 

  • Mrs Farrer at Apsley Primary School for her amazing effort in embedding the project into a broader class project, and submitting this for the Future You national competition. 

  • Darcy and his brother from St Peters Primary School, WA, in Miss Jacob’s class for their joint effort in submitting a fantastic map.

Sponsors Prize - Western Australia Schools

Our corporate sponsor NGIS, who is a leading provider of geospatial solutions in the Asia Pacific region has awarded one lucky Western Australian school, access to She Maps Classroom Drone Essentials Program valued at $2,560. This prize was awarded to St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.

 

The quality and quantity of the entries this year totally surpassed our expectations,” says Paul Mead, She Maps.  ‘This competition aims to get as many students engaged and learning mapping conventions from a young age as possible. We ask the students to map the amount of shade at their school to help bring the focus on sustainability and the importance of trees in the school environment’.

 

The Map My School Competition is an annual competition, run in Term 2 each year. From the entries received, the average percentage of shade found at these schools is approximately 20%, and at She Maps, we hope to continue to raise awareness and work with schools to increase the amount of shade available at their school.  She Maps hopes that all schools can reach 30% by 2030.

 

Media Enquiries:

Paul Mead, Managing Director, She Maps. 0432 469 500

Sarah Butler, Group Marketing Manager, NGIS Australia, 08 9355 6007

 

Author

Jules Blundell, Marketing & Engagement Manager, She Maps. 0430 556 337

 

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She Maps' mission is to help schools to overcome these challenges by increasing STEM literacy and building a bridge with industry to connect student learning and real-world problems.

he COVID-19 crisis brought about a quantum leap in digital adoption and has escalated the demand for STEM professionals exponentially. In a few short months, the world experienced an increase in the demand for robust scientific evidence not only to inform and manage the pandemic but also the race to find a vaccine and help save lives.
 
It also created an opportunity for medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering, and technology experts to collaborate at a level never seen before to address related societal and economic challenges, ranging from 'arresting the contagion', to relieving stress on the health care system, production of vaccines, and reimagining life in today’s remote working and learning environment'.
 
In this context, STEM learning has become critical. We have a collective responsibility to help prepare the next generation to fill STEM-related jobs as well as maintain a high level of STEM literacy to address and solve real-world challenges.
 
In 2018, the ACER (Australian Centre of Educational Research) carried out a literacy and policy review and found that in Australia, we do not have sufficient numbers of teachers qualified to teach STEM and there is a continuing decline in performance by Australian students. It reported that the STEM curriculum is unbalanced and fragmented, leading to disinterest among students.
 
Australia is also facing another challenge. We have one of the lowest rates of girls involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) in the Western world. This has been attributed to a tangle of reasons, but in short, socially constructed gender stereotypes regarding girls’ ability in STEM negatively affects the way girls see themselves, resulting in them less likely choose STEM subjects in secondary and tertiary education.
 
Research has shown that there is little to no difference in boys’ and girls’ average ability at STEM subjects, so to encourage participation in STEM careers, we need to tackle the stereotypes they are exposed to and we need to do this early.
 

Enter She Maps!

She Maps' mission is to help schools to overcome these challenges by increasing STEM literacy and building a bridge with industry to connect student learning and real-world problems.

 
We do this by:
  • Developing compelling, high-quality, inspirational, real-world STEM curriculum and educational resources for teachers and students.
  • Working collaboratively with teachers to develop inclusive classrooms and increase their STEM teaching capabilities and confidence.
  • We maintain an ever-growing library of inspirational resources that celebrates women in STEM.
 
We do all this under the guise of drones & geospatial concepts. Drones are our hook, but the outcomes run far deeper.

Paul Mead
P: 0432 469 500
M: 0430556337
W: www.shemaps.com

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