What's Important About Maps?
Setting the scene
Maps are a representation of features on the earth’s surface which have been measured, usually by a surveyor. They are designed to record the relationship between features such as mountains and rivers. Maps can be very simple or complex. They are a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional object.
Scrivener’s maps contain many important details about the national capital site. His work mapping the Canberra Valley and the national capital site was significant as it provided the foundation for the city we have today.
- Show features on the earth’s surface
- Are set to a scale and orientation
- Focus on certain features depending upon the purpose of the map (eg street map)
- Use mathematical formulae to represent the surface of the earth
- Generally have a coordinate system to locate features
Traditionally maps were reproduced on paper in a hard copy format. Now we rely on digital technology to create and store maps.
Create a poster showing how mapping has changed from Scrivener’s time to today. Use information and images from the internet. In particular you should focus on the equipment and techniques used in the early 1900s when Charles Scrivener was surveying the national capital and compare this to today’s instruments and technology.
Areas you should look at:
- Design - Images
- Mathematics and science
Outcomes Students will be able to:
- Understand how maps are created and their purpose
- Compare and contrast the past and the present in terms of mapping
- Learn about how and why mapping has changed
- Develop an understanding of the link between mathematics and surveying