Geography students from Newcastle High School for Girls became record breakers when they took part in the world’s biggest data mapping event.

The project, supported by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) in conjunction with Esri UK, involved geography students from the 24 GDST schools and two academies plot location data on a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) map alongside answers to questions about life in their local area.

In total, over 11,500 students took part and is a new Esri world record.

The event within Newcastle High School for Girls was organised by Geography teacher, Dawn Edmonds.

Having received confirmation of the world record, she said:

“This is a fantastic achievement which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the girls taking part. Just like the world around us, Geography teaching is constantly evolving. By inputting their own data, the girls were able to see how their location and viewpoints form part of a wider pattern. We’re all connected – GIS mapping helps us see that.”

In addition to anonymously plotting their own location, the girls at Newcastle High were asked questions about their quality of life and local environment, all of which were inputted on a live, online map. Once all the data has been submitted, girls will be able to use online GIS mapping applications to examine the patterns which emerge. They will also be able to compare these results with other sources, for example the UK Census data, to explore why there may be variations in quality of life in different parts of the country.

Jason Sawle from Esri UK, said:

“I would like to congratulate Mr Heath and all the students who were involved in this world record. It is a fantastic achievement that just goes to show how useful and informative GIS mapping data can be.”

The live map, which includes data from students around the world, can be viewed here:


Read more news