Esri recently announced the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge for Restoring Our Ocean. This challenge officially opens August 16, 2021 and is in partnership with the National Geographic Society to increase awareness and inspire action on our ocean's most pressing problems. This challenge encourages youth and educators to use GIS and storytelling on a deeper level and connect to a larger #GenGeo movement.
Track 1: High school students, precollegiate ages 14-18
Track 2: Higher education students enrolled in or accepted to a two- or four-year institution or individuals 18-24 years old
High school students are required to submit their stories through a schoolor clubleaderthrough the official entry form.
Students in higher education must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited institution.
Other individuals 18-24 must create and submit their stories from one of four accounts ArcGIS Creator or Professional, ArcGIS for Personal Use, or a free account available during the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge only.
Theme and Focus Areas
The theme for this challenge is to explore, protect, and conserveouroceans. Story submissions must be original and highlight any topic related to ocean health. Here are some topics to get you started:
Highlight changemakers in ocean conservation.
Address global warming, pollution, habitat protection, over-harvesting or poaching, local waterway management, or effects on water quality.
Create unique visualizations of threats to the ocean.
This year we have an incredible group of judges eager to review your impactful story about ocean health:
Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist
Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri K12 Education Manager
Sandra Turner, National Geographic Certified Educator
Alex Tait, The Geographer at the National Geographic Society
Shelby O’Neil, National Geographic Young Explorer
Winners Receive Recognition
The Esri StoryMaps team will select 10 finalists from each track where a first and second place winner will be chosen. All winners will receive recognition in the form of a certificate titled 2021 Esri Storyteller of the Year and featured on the Esri website.
The first-place winner, however, will have the unique opportunity to participate in a networking meet-and-great with a National Geographic Young Explorer.
Judges will review your submission and choose a winner based of the following criteria:
Judges will evaluate each story based on:
Overall design, impact, and originality.
Effective use of GIS and ArcGIS StoryMaps.
Effective communication about ocean restoration, protection, or conservation.
Find inspiration on the #myoceanstory hub. This site provides you with short activities that will take you step-by-step through the basics of GIS. You'll also find short videos by Ashley Du, StoryMaps team member and your summer guide through ten weeks of ocean exploration.
Check out this recent interview with Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist of Esri and esteemed guest judge, as she discusses what the challenge means to her.
Stay connected with the challenge by following these accounts on Twitter: