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2019 Online Map Competition for Secondary Students

by Lori Gracey

With skill, passion, and analysis, middle school and high school students are exploring their world and creating maps with the free-to-educators online software ArcGIS. Esri again this year challenges US students to create and share projects about something in their home states, striving to be among the best in the school, state, and nation. Esri’s 2019 ArcGIS  US School Competition is open to high school (grades 9-12) and middle school (grades 4-8) students who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS  web app or story map.

This Year’s Theme

This year’s theme is Texas. Your story map or web app must focus on a concept, issue, or event in Texas. Below are a few possibilities, although these are not all:

  • Native Americans in Texas
  • Spanish Exploration in Texas
  • Civil Rights in Your Community
  • Texas Celebrations, Natural Resources in Your Community/Texas
  • Texas Trade
  • Texas Immigration
  • History of Your Community
  • Birds in Texas
  • Texas’ Endangered Species
  • Water in Your Community
  • Recreation Opportunities
  • Issues in Your Community
  • Explore your Local History and Geography

Entry Rules

The deadline for registering your school to compete is April 15, 2019. The deadline to turn in completed projects is May 6, 2019. Mentors are available to help students if you register by March 22, 2019. A rubric, checklist for the project, and winning entries from last year’s contest are all available here.
Schools can submit up to five projects each to the state, and states may submit to Esri up to ten awardees (up to five high school entries and five middle school entries), with one project each at high school and middle school tagged for a final level of competition. From across the nation, one high school project and one middle school project will each earn a trip to the 2019 Esri Education Conference in San Diego, CA, during Esri’s 50th year celebration. Ten students will each win $100 Amazon gift cards. Won’t you get your students started creating with maps and data today?

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