In the context of International Map Year, Brazil organized a highly successful Cartographic Olympiad (OBRAC) this year. The olympiad had national coverage and was focused on high school students, aged between 14 and 18 years, from public and private schools. Over 5000 students signed up! Activities included map tasks on a distance learning platform as well as face-to-face tests, technical visits and an orienteering competition.
Angelica Carvalho Di Maio and her colleagues assembled a detailed report about their activities including heart-warming feedback by participating students, such as:
The OBRAC was the best thing that happened in 2015, today I am passionate for cartography. I learned to appreciate the beauty of the maps and their importance in our daily lives.
Great job and a huge thank you to everyone making OBRAC such a successful event!