Why Does Antarctica Matter? Young Geographer of the Year 2015

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Why Does Antarctica Matter? Young Geographer of the Year 2015


Each year the RGS-IBG holds a national competition for pupils aged between nine and 18. Young Geographer of the Year aims to encourage pupils to engage with a specific geographical topic. To celebrate the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition, the 2015 competition asked pupils to answer the question 'Why does Antarctica matter?' Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and GCSE pupils submitted posters, while A level students were asked to write 1,500 word essays, which could include illustrations, maps and graphs.

In December, the winning pupils in each age category, along with three highly commended entries, were invited to a special ceremony at the Society to receive their awards from Jane Rumble, Deputy Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory, and Dr John Shears from the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Commenting on the winners, Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning at the Society, said: 'Our competition winners have really understood why Antarctica is still so important today. Some have focused on its world-leading science, or its unique biodiversity and landscapes, while others have explored its fascinating history and modern governance. It's truly a location that inspires people with wonder for the natural world and that's why it's so good to see the next generation of geographers recognising its value. …

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