Jury’s Choice Award Winners in Wanted: Young Cartographers Contest
Every summer for the past five years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been presenting its Jury's Choice Awards to Secondary I and II students as part of the provincial Wanted: Young Cartographers contest.
Bernadette Ng (2014 winner), and Hakim Biskri and Camille Côté (2015 winners) participated in a hydrographic mission on the St. Lawrence River aboard the CCGS F.C.G. Smith, leaving from Trois-Rivières.
Over the course of two beautiful days, the winners, accompanied by their parents, had the opportunity to learn about the work of hydrographers and the crew aboard a scientific research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. After familiarizing themselves with safety procedures and observing the departure manoeuvres and deployment of booms containing the echo sounders, they watched the hydrographers at work and asked them questions. They were also able to observe the variety of river users, from canoes to cargo boats, plying the waters near the port of Trois‑Rivières.
During the mission, the winners were able to see the actual depths of the river, measured and displayed in 3D on the hydrographers' screens, They also learned what it takes to do their job, inclusing collecting data, processing it and turning it into useful tools for safe navigation. The visitors also witnessed the crew demonstrate its expert skills during buoy and docking approach manoeuvres. According to the parents, this award is unique because it helps young people get a better idea of a little known line of work. It cannot be purchased in a store.
The Wanted: Young Cartographers contest is organized by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics and CEGEP Limoilou. Thanks to this contest, more than 10,000 students have had the opportunity to learn about different careers in geomatics. The Department takes this opportunity to promote the marine aspect of geomatics as well as marine careers.
Bernadette Ng, Secondary II student, 2014 winner. Logistical problems prevented boarding last year.
André Hardy, Hydrographer, and Hakim Biskri, Secondary I student, 2015 winner.