Junior Secondary Category

Entry Requirements

  • Participation in the Awards must be on a school basis.
  • No limitation on the maximum number of teams from each school.
  • Contestants can participate as an individual or in a team of 2 to 6 people.
  • Each contestant may only participate in one team.


Develop a web application showing a distribution map of a phenomenon or geographic features (e.g., recycle bins, barbecue sites, etc.,) as suggested by the theme. Also, adopt map reading and interpretation skills to describe and explain any distribution pattern observed (e.g., why features concentrate in some areas but not others, or why features are dispersed in a linear fashion or a regular pattern).


  • Use spatial data available at the CSDI portal where appropriate
  • Focus on the distribution pattern as manifested on the map.
  • Try to answer simple questions such as “where is it?”, “where does it occur?”, “what is there?”, “why is it there?”, “is there a distribution pattern?”, and so forth.
  • Participants may stack up other spatially related maps to answer questions such as “what factors govern the distribution pattern?” or “what else is spatially associated with the phenomenon?” and so forth.
  • Spatial analysis is not required for this category, but participants are free to employ it if they think it can help them to explain the distribution pattern better.

Judging Criteria




Content and skills applied (30%)

  • Alignment with and relevance to the theme
  • Adoption of a map-centric story map, geotagging with images, videos, and narrative text
  • Adoption of map reading and interpretation skills to describe and explain the map's distribution pattern

Quality of research(30%)


  • Application of spatial data and GIS tools in a meaningful and logical way
  • Provision of detailed explanations and analysis of the observed distribution pattern as shown on the maps
  • Presentation of all the discussions and analyses in a clear and well-defined framework

Idea and creativity (20%)


  • Use of highly attractive graphs, photos, figures and maps
  • Demonstration of novel and creative ideas
  • Originality of the work or demonstration of inspiration from other cited reference

Overall Presentation (20%)


  • Arrangement of materials in a fashion that is intuitive and easy to follow

Final Presentation

Shortlisted contestants will be informed individually and must make a presentation on their deliverables to the judges on the Presentation Day. The final ranking of the Awards will be announced on the same day.