I Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad
Angelica Carvalho Di Maio, Luis Augusto Koenig Veiga, Silvana Philippi Camboim, Juliana Magalhães Menezes, Marli Cigagna, Maria Cecília Bonato Bradalize, Raul Marques P. Friedman
An Olympiad is a challenge, and challenges are incentives to improve the academic performance of students who can be awakened, in this case, to the study of spatial representation and the use of maps. The I Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad (OBRAC) has national coverage and is focused on high school students, aged between 14 and 18 years, from public and private schools. Among the objectives of the event stands out: stimulating school interest in science, especially in mapping science; provide teachers with the knowledge and tools for dynamic and participatory teaching areas covering the cartographic content; providing socialization of teachers and students through group activities and foster the training of human resources to work in the field of cartography and geotechnologies.
The project for the first Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad meets a worldwide celebration, the International Map year 2015/16, which aims to provide opportunities to engage people the in art, science and technology of maps' construction and use.
The I Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad (OBRAC) had national coverage and was focused on high school students, aged between 14 and 18 years, from public and private schools. Each school formed a team of 4 students and a teacher. The objectives of the event were: stimulating school interest in science, especially in mapping science; provide teachers with the knowledge and tools for dynamic and participatory teaching covering the cartographic content; providing socialization of teachers and students through group activities and also foster the interest to work in the field of cartography.
The OBRAC activities were executed in four stages: first and second stages were done at distance learning platform. There were two types of tests: theoretical and practical. In theoretical test, 40 questions were answered in a determined time. The score in this Stage 1 consisted of the number of correct answers and time of completion of the test, this was an elimination stage. In the practical test, the teams, that passed in the first step, had two tasks to do during a month, a map about the region where their school is located (they should focus on environmental issues, historical and cultural aspects) and a cartographic instrument using recycled material (They made a new reading of the theodolite, compass, pantograph, odometer, astrolabe, level instrument, etc). They were asked to use the instrument on the map preparation. They produced videos about the activities showing its development and the involvement of the teams with the activities performed.
The evaluation committee selected the top three teams. In the third and fourth stages these three teams will be in Rio de Janeiro, where some activities will be held, as courses, technical visits, tests and an orienteering competition. After the final steps the winning team will be declared the champion of the I Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad.
More than 1000 teams have done the inscription, this means that around 5000 students have studied, discussed and talked about cartography in the schools during the event.
The map that shows the participating schools around the country can be accessed at http://www.olimpiadadecartografia.uff.br/index.php/mapa.