NUS Geochallenge 2015
Four of our Geography Students from 3E1 – Bryan Nah, Kaung Khant Kyaw, Jordan Lian and Nicole Ang represented our school in the NUS Geography Challenge an annual competition jointly organised by the NUS Department of Geography and the NUS Geographical Society. In its 19th year, the NUS Geochallenge aims to ignite passion and inspire secondary school students to develop a keen interest for the dynamic discipline of Geography.
The Infographic Map by the Team
This year, the team did very well in the preliminary rounds and emerged among the Top 40 teams of Singapore. In the Semi-Finals, the team had to create an infographic map showcasing the past and future of their selected region – Woodlands with regard to the concept of liveability through urban land use.
Jordan Lian, Bryan Nah, Nicole Ang and Kaung Khant Kyaw
The team also participated in the Geo-Trial where they raced against teams from 39 other schools to complete on-site tasks and questions in various stations all around Singapore.
Participation in the competition has allowed for students to gain a deeper appreciation of the relevance and importance of Geography as a discipline. The discipline not only investigates what is where on the Earth, but also why it is there. Geographers study the location of the activities, carefully identify patterns using maps and find out the reasons for these patterns. They discover the linkages and movements between places and are able to infer the spatial processes that are working in an area.
Today, all over the world there are problems related to providing food security, health, effective energy use, urban degradation, transport issues and environmental conservation. Equally important are equality issues and sustainable development. All these can be achieved by using our resources in sustainable ways. Study of geography is, therefore, necessary to learn more about environmental processes and to understand how land use planning can help us to overcome problems.
The team planning their route and strategy