Welcome to the BCS Restless Earth Workshop

A two-hour Workshop* for

Years 9 & 10 studying GCSE Geography

What is Cartography? It's part of the Geographic Skills Requirement at GCSE: download 'Cartography for Students'  here

The British Cartographic Society has created a UK Schools Restless Earth Workshop from the natural disasters in Haiti and Japan in 2011. In the six years of presenting the workshop which, encompasses the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, the BCS have visited over 180 schools and taught over 16,000 students. Over 6000 individual, unique maps have been produced!

Where we were in 2016-17: Map here (opens an esri interactive map)

Story Map

BCS Restless Earth Workshops run with the support of The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and The Japan Society. The workshops are organised by the Coordinator Alice Gadney and each workshop hosted is run by our Volunteers from the Society’s membership – Ordinary and Corporate members come along and enjoy the challenge of teaching the students! The day contributes towards the Chartered Geographer (GIS) status and is worth 4-6 CPD points.

The Workshop - what happens in 2 hours?

Each workshop is school based, usually in a Hall. It involves the students listening to a short presentation and watching this video to get a background understanding of the events that occurred that day.

The main aim is for the students to create two Disaster Relief Maps and they are assigned into teams of 5 – Coordinator, Search & Rescue, Military, Medical and Humanitarian. As within the real relief organisations, these roles are vital in any disaster response management team. This is also a lesson in what jobs people do with geography qualifications!

There are seven basemaps, at differing sizes (A0 to A3) and scales - from 1:500,000 (showing both coasts of central Japan) to 1:5,000 (Central Sendai). Four are in Japanese and all are interrogated by the students to find out various information for their specific roles. This information is collated and placed on the two basemaps in the form of annotation, drawings and use of stickers. At the end of the session the volunteers mark the maps and a winner and second place are announced. The winning team each receive a prize donated by Global Mapping.

These winning entries go into a Schools Annual Award to be judged by the BCS Awards Council. The teacher from the winning school will be invited to the Symposium Gala Dinner to collect the award for their school. A ‘Cartographic Commendation’ prize and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award is also presented.  2015-16 Award Winners

What Exam board and What module?

All the Exam boards require a level of Cartography and below is a table to show how Restless Earth can contribute towards the GCSE Geography, Natural Hazards Modules and Geographic Skills:

Exam Board Section Restless Earth Covers Notes
EDEXCEL A INTEGRATED SKILLS GEOLOGY MAPS No talked about but not in the practical
OS 25K AND 50K SCALED MAPS Yes Japan maps
RECOGNITION OF RIVER LANDFORMS ON 25K AND 50K MAPS Yes Japan maps
GIS Yes talked about but not in the practical
SOCIAL MEDIA MAPPING Yes
LAND USE ON MAPS No Different areas on a map
GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS Yes
MATHS AND STATISTICS SKILLS CARTOGRAPHIC SKILLS Yes Use of Scale and adding on Geospatial data
EDEXCEL B TOPIC 1 HAZARDOUS EARTH
1.8 a& b Yes
1.9 a& b Yes
GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS Yes
MATHS AND STATISTICS SKILLS CARTOGRAPHIC SKILLS Yes Use of Scale and adding on Geospatial data
AQA 8035 3.1.1 CHALLENGE OF NATURAL HAZARDS
3.1.1.1 NATURAL HAZARDS Yes
3.1.1.2 TECTONIC HAZARDS Yes
3.4.1 CARTOGRAPHIC SKILLS Yes
OCR A 3.1 GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS Yes Different scaled maps, different themes
OCR B 2C CONTENT OF OUR NATURAL WORLD
1.2 HOW DO PLATE TECTONICS SHAPE OUR WORLD
a, b, c
Yes
9.1 GEOGRAPHICAL SKILL Yes

Cambridge iGCSE,  SQA Information, WJEC 

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Past Years: What happened in 2015-16?