Welcome to the Oldest Geography Schools Competition in the World - established in September 1970, and our geography education focused Ontario Schools Map-Making Competition site. Students, traditionally 12 to 18 years old from about 4900 schools are invited to create static digital/computer or mostly hand drawn maps for competition in one of five categories. Good maps might need 5 to 8 hours of instruction and 20 hours to complete for the novice. Static digital/computer generated maps can be done in significantly less time with the same instructional time required. There is NO ENTRY FEE for submitting a map for competition.
Girls and boys have been about equally represented in past years. Each approximately 30 x 45 cm map is assessed using a criterion referenced sheet. Students collect data to illustrate the spatial distribution of local (NUMBERS OF STUDENTS IN THE DAILY BREAKFAST PROGRAM AT SCHOOLS IN A CITY) to worldly (MALNUTRITION IN CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD) topics using cartographic equipment, materials, supplies, skills and techniques. The youngest winner ever was a grade 5 boy who mapped AIR TRAFFIC IN THE BUSIEST AIRPORTS IN NORTH AMERICA. Most of the senior high school maps are designed to accompany a term essay. In 2011 the Best Map in the Province was completed by a student in a grade 12 english class as part of a co-curricular activity. The map, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS, can be viewed on our Past Winners page.
NEW WEBSITE LOCATION
for this year's details.