Title

Cartography Competition: Thematic Map of Early Explorers’ routes for use in Middle School

Date

6-1-2017 11:00 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 1:00 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Earth Science

Session Chair

Melinda Shimizu

Session Title

Applications of Geospatial Technology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Cartography is the art and science of making maps. While there is certainly room for creativity, there are well-defined standards that guide the process of creating a map. These standards direct and clarify the choices made in all aspects of map composition. Of chief concern for the map-maker is consideration of the intended map audience. Knowing this audience directs the entire process and the design choices made in executing a map. For this project, six students in ES 340 are directed to create a thematic map of an early explorer’s route for use by middle school students. Their choices in map design are to reflect the needs of their audience and the results of their work are presented as an assemblage of seven different maps designed for the same purpose, but created by six different map authors. The variety in maps presented demonstrates both the flexibility and rigidity in map standards. Finally, these maps are presented for evaluation by attendees of that Academic Excellence Showcase. Attendees will be able to vote for which of the maps they think is best.

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Jun 1st, 11:00 AM Jun 1st, 1:00 PM

Cartography Competition: Thematic Map of Early Explorers’ routes for use in Middle School

WUC Pacific Room

Cartography is the art and science of making maps. While there is certainly room for creativity, there are well-defined standards that guide the process of creating a map. These standards direct and clarify the choices made in all aspects of map composition. Of chief concern for the map-maker is consideration of the intended map audience. Knowing this audience directs the entire process and the design choices made in executing a map. For this project, six students in ES 340 are directed to create a thematic map of an early explorer’s route for use by middle school students. Their choices in map design are to reflect the needs of their audience and the results of their work are presented as an assemblage of seven different maps designed for the same purpose, but created by six different map authors. The variety in maps presented demonstrates both the flexibility and rigidity in map standards. Finally, these maps are presented for evaluation by attendees of that Academic Excellence Showcase. Attendees will be able to vote for which of the maps they think is best.