Singapore: In order to build geospatial capacities in Singapore, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) organises Spatial Challenge competitions among schoolchildren. The competition was launched with an aim of increasing awareness of geospatial technology among students and encouraging the innovative use of Geographical Information Technology (GIT) in schools.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Law, Sim Ann, said, “Against an international backdrop of growing emphasis on GIT, Singapore, too, intends to build up our geospatial capacity. SLA and the Ministry of Education (MOE) are exploring the development of a web-based application for A-level Geography students. SLA is also formulating a Geospatial Competency Framework in consultation with academic, industry and public agency partners.”
Gordon Lee, who participated in the Spatial Challenge, said, “What made me decide to participate in Spatial Challenge was the thrill of new technology, knowledge and the experience that I’ll be exposed to. Based on mutual interest and good performance in the competition, I chose to join Quantum Inventions. I have been exposed to more GIT programming and picking up real projects ranging from local to overseas companies. It’s not about development of new technologies but rather how we integrate the technologies into our daily lives.”