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Term 3 starting 12 August 2014.



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Teachers - do your students want to see the latest in technology? Join us in the ever changing city of Christchurch to follow the rebuild and see how the virtual plans are being turned into reality! This trip fits really well with big ideas like planet earth, land use, where I live, finding my way, historical and cultural values, urban redesign (using 3 dimensional models) and aerial imagery. Check out the previous two Geospatial field trips (August 2012 and May 2013) if you need convincing, and enrol!

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • where things are located, and how we find them
  • why geographic names are important for cultural and historical reasons as well as for knowing where places are
  • how geospatial data is essential for the Christchurch rebuild
  • how accurate spatial data is used to help in construction of infrastructure
  • how aerial imagery is recorded, shared and used
  • 3D mapping and visualising a new city
  • how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work and how they are used
  • using your own mobile device to navigate and learn about a specific place
  • the concept of open data
  • imagery as a subset of geospatial data
  • app development and mashups

During the field trip you will:

  • find out where names for places originate from
  • find out more about the official names for the North Island/Te Ika-a-Maui and South Island/Te Waipounamu
  • find out more about Maori and English geographic names in Christchurch and the surrounding area
  • investigate the collection and sharing of satellite and aerial imagery in Canterbury
  • visit the central city, use 3D mapping technology and look at how things have changed and what's planned for the future
  • discover the many ways open data is used by public organisations and private companies to rapidly develop new GIS-based services and products
  • visit examples of rebuild work in progress to see how open data has been used to coordinate the work of various organisations and contractors, saving time and money
  • talk to local experts about clever planning tools they use in the Christchurch rebuild
  • discover how information about the location of invisible things like water pipes, electricity, land ownership and boundaries is key to making progress in the rebuild
  • discover future career pathways for geography and ICT
  • see how school students can build software applications to solve real-world problems in the Canterbury Schools Mashup Competition
  • get to grips with real-time 3D walkthroughs of cities now and in the past

After the field trip you will:

  • have opportunities to follow up directly with experts from Land Information New Zealand and other supporting organisations
  • have new insights into citizenship and local government decision making

Where you will go

This is the final field trip in a series of three that looks at the use of geospatial skills, data and tools following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. This year experts will take you to places where whole city blocks are under construction, where teams are working together to efficiently coordinate forward works in a new city centre and in affected suburbs, where key anchor projects will be built and where cultural and historical places with significant names are located. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 3-5, Geography Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Level 5; Technology Levels 3-5

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  • ESOL

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Inquiry Topics: boundary, cadastral maps, Canterbury, Christchurch, earthquakes, electronic navigation, future focus, geographic issue, geographic names, geospatial, GIS, government, GPS, infrastructure, laser, lidar, location based information, maps, measurement of elevation, perspectives, services, spatial patterns, spatial variation, subdivision, survey, technology, topographical maps

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