Fun with GIS 307: 2022 ArcGIS Online Student Competition

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CharlieFitzpatrick
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Students in high school and middle school can do impressive work, even under stressful circumstances. That’s the biggest takeaway from looking at the product of the 2022 ArcGIS Online Competition for US High School and Middle School Students. The full state results and national honorees are publicly posted for anyone to explore, with links going directly to student creations.

The high school national winner, Hannah Osborne, a homeschool student in grade 11, did a powerful analysis and presentation of the problem faced by large numbers of rural residents in Tennessee and, by extension, across the nation. The middle school national winner, Maya Trutschl, in grade 8 at Caddo Middle Magnet School in Shreveport, Louisiana, researched and presented about a powerful architectural style well represented in her city. Both winners show a laudable sense of balance in their meticulous but focused documentation and presentation.

A trio of honorable mentions -- from a high school in Maryland, a high school in Nebraska, and a middle school in Rhode Island -- also deserve a close look. Again, these three show strong documentation about their task, good geographic exploration, and nice presentation. And even beyond these five national awardees are another 180 from 35 states who deserve exploration, with topics ranging across a broad spectrum of geographic considerations.

The 2023 competition will get started in the fall. At a time of continued stress and torment for us all, there’s probably no better inspiration than exploring what young minds and hearts have produced even before receiving a high school diploma. See it all at https://esriurl.com/agoschoolcomp! Catch interviews with winners, and analysis, Thu June 16 (5-6pmPT) in the T3G Webinar, public invited (free registration, required).

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** Esri Education Mgr, 1992-today ** Esri T3G staff, 2009-present ** Social Studies teacher, grades 7-12, 1977-1992 (St. Paul, MN) ** NCGE Distinguished Teacher Award 1991, George J Miller Award 2016 ** https://www.esri.com/schools ** https://k12.maps.arcgis.com ** https://esriurl.com/funwithgis ** Only education can save the world.