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- On April 20, 2018
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A Fist Full of Hardware!
Manitoba Secondary (S) and Post Secondary (PS) students gathered for the annual GIS Challenge as part of the Manitoba Skills Competition (http://www.skillsmanitoba.ca/) on April 12th, hosted at Red River College. Students pitted themselves against each other in a five and a half hour GIS analysis challenge for a chance at winning the competition and taking home some hardware along with bragging rights!
This years challenge was brought to the steering committee by MGUG’er Andrew Pratt, who regularly utilizes bird banding data to help in the management of waterfowl. This was modified based on a real life scenario, where students were challenged to create a GIS-based information product on waterfowl that were banded in Manitoba and recovered in Louisiana. Students first of all had to be able to understand what was being asked for in the project including deliverables and requirements, which we as professional know is half the battle! They then had to deal with a variety of data sources, types and projections in order to just get started. Students had to design an analysis workflow to reduce almost 65,000 records to just under 4400, complete a statistical summary to identify the top recovery locations and species. Once completed they needed a deliverable that would “wow” the judges!
MGUG judges included Jocelynn Johnson, Andrew Pratt, Robert Belton, and Pietra Shirley who reviewed the Post Secondary submissions, while ASM Bari and myself judged the Secondary entries. Particularly in the college level the top three were tight with the judges going back and forth for the ordering of 2nd and 3rd, with only 5% separating the top 3! At this years competition not every student walked away with a medal but they did get a great learning experience in being able to assess a request and design a workflow to meet a goal.
This years winners for the 2018 Manitoba GIS Skills Competition
1 Cameron Lohr – Neelin High School
2 Cassidy Miller – Neelin High School
3 Caitlin Cote – Neelin High School
Post Secondary Students
1 Matthew Wiecek – RRC
2 Michael Bembnista – RRC
3 Laura Nylen – RRC
Does this sound interesting? We will need volunteers next year to help design the problem, gather and prep data and become judges for the annual April competition. We are also looking to get the message about the competition out, do you know some high schoolers or teachers in the secondary system who might be interested in GIS? Help spread the word, become an active GIS Ambassador or pass those details on to our MGUG Education Committee and we can reach out.
Assiniboine Community College