GeoTECH 2018 – Discovering the World through GEOTECH
In the school holidays Year 10 student Joshua Newton was one of 12 Victorian Secondary School students accepted to participate in the Melbourne University Geo Tech Hackfest. This initiative allows students to discover a full range of spatial technology and real-life applications in areas such as environment, emergency management, the outdoors, GIS, GPS and drones. Based in the Melbourne CBD Joshua had the opportunity to visit leading spatial industry companies and government organisation, attend sessions with RMIT Geospatial lecturers and have some hands-on experience with Geographic Information System [GIS] technology.
Opportunities such as this are an excellent way for students to gain real world experience in an area of interest, in this case Geography. We congratulate Joshua on his initiative and his success in this program and we would like to encourage all students to seek and accept the challenge and pursue their passions.
Joshua has written:
“I chose to apply and participate in GeoTECH as I wanted to not only learn about spatial technology but explore the different career pathways associated with Geography. The event gave me and 12 other students the opportunity to hear from and learn from Government organisations and Emergency services such as the State Control Centre, Emergency Management Victoria and the Victoria Police. Throughout the event we were given hands-on experience with ArcGIS- a geospatial mapping software designed to merge big data with a range of maps, this results in visually represented data that can be analysed and used to draw links. The event has given me the skills and knowledge that I can bring back to the classroom and hopefully use in future geography assessments.”
Dianne Martin Celeste Pryke
Deputy Head of Senior School Teacher