If you need to find a location on the map, how do you look for it? Chances are that you type whatever you are looking for into your favorite search engine and find not only the location, but also nearby points of interest, the quickest directions to get there, and a photo of what the street looks like. But what if someone handed you a good old-fashioned paper map and some coordinates?
Each year, Junior Scholastic’s cartographer, Jim McMahon, issues a map challenge to his readers: using a provided map and a set of clues, students have to identify the mystery country where the Mapman visited and submit a creative hand-drawn map of the location once they figure it out! The clues can be anything from identifying longitude and latitude coordinates to following rivers and locating capital cities until the mystery country is revealed.
Rose Ni, a 13-year-old student at Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, followed all of the Mapman’s clues and submitted the winning map of Croatia! That’s her beautiful drawing above, which features illustrations of some of the treasures that make up Croatian culture, history, and geography. Rose’s map was chosen for it’s accuracy, creativity, and originality from more than 5,000 entries by students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and American schools overseas. She will receive a Wii game system and a $250 cash prize for her winning entry, while 25 runners-up will get a Mapman t-shirt. Congratulations!
Want to test your geography smarts? You can check out this collection of Mapman games and quizzes to see how much you remember! And be sure to read more about the “Find Mapman” contest here in Junior Scholastic.