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Nov 16, 2011

Students to build their own future city

Judging on that report, many more students had an interest in the Design Your own Town and City competition. In fact the students from the various schools who our news team interviewed mentioned that virtual city building competition, so it merited a special focus. The Total Business Solution team, which organized the event, says that the winner of the virtual city building competition will be announced in January.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Location services was only one point of interest, most students who attended GIS day, had a specific interest in one particular booth, the Design your Own City stall. The organizers will provide the tools to build a city and the winning teams will receive cool electronic packages.

Andrew Link

Andrew Link, GIS Technician, TBSL

“The competition is aimed for students—from stand four to standard six and all high school students for the country of Belize. The competition si basically to focus on the students to spark their imagination in creating a virtual city using GIS software and we provide the software. It is a DVD installation package with CD that comes with a workbook and student data so they have something to work with.  We do not give them an empty software with nothing they can start with.”

Phylldon Thomas

St. Joseph Primary School students were amongst the future city builders.

Phylldon Thomas, Student, St. Joseph School

“They told us the competition is about two groups had to make a modern city like cars houses and they’ll let us know when we will get back information on what will be the next step.”

Jose Sanchez

“Do you bring any special skills to the group; making your own city?”

Roque Matus, Student, St. Joseph

Roque Matus

“Well I just know about computer. And my father and my uncle can teach me how to build a city.”

Jose Sanchez

“Why do you want to win this competition?”

Andre August

Andre August, Student, St. Joseph

“I want to win this competition mostly because I want to be an engineer—maybe it could be about cars, maybe it could be about the buildings. But really and truly I want to enter it because I want to be that person people say that is Andre and he is good as an engineer and build buildings and stuff.”

Jordanny Williams, Student, Belize High School

Jordanny Williams

“I enjoy learning about different areas and finding your physical attributes and what kind of people live around this area and different things like that. And with GIS, it is easier to access information about those areas and to see what’s around them and you can really get in touch with them even if you are not in that area.”

Christian Cansino

Christian Cansino, Student, Belize High School

“I really like learning about the world and I have an interests in architecture since in the competition, you have to design your won city and I really like just learning about different cultures and the way they built their building throughout time.”

David Hoy, Student, Belize High School

David Hoy

“I like the building of the cities too. I feel that if you build your city from the infrastructure up, you understand all of the major cities have been through and what it is like to start from scratch.”

It’s a countrywide school competition and there is still time to be a GIS city builder.

Jose Sanchez

“For those who couldn’t make it here today, can they still join the competition?”

Andrew Link

“Yeah actually they can send an email to us, but they actually have to have at least three individuals in a group. We’ll send out an email by next week they should have their data and DVD installation software. For the first prize, there is a home view license with a laptop; second prize is an I-phone.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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3 Responses for “Students to build their own future city”

  1. Hill says:

    Haha, sounds like playing SIM City

  2. Earl Grey says:

    @ Hill….U – R – right…SIM City would be good practice.

  3. Marie says:

    they could do better than mahogany heights

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