Across the U.S., high school and middle school students are exploring their world and creating interesting map products with ArcGIS Online. Esri now challenges students to create and share maps about something in their home states, working to be among the best in the school, state, and nation. The ArcGIS Online US School Competition 2017 is open to high school (gr.9-12) and middle school (gr.4-8) students in the U.S who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS Online presentation, web app, or story map.
In 2016, Minnesota conducted a state-focused competition, and Arkansas followed suit. Now, Esri offers to all states the chance to participate, with grants to states supporting ten equal prizes of $100 for the five best high school and five best middle school projects in the state. Schools can submit up to five projects to the state, and participating states submit to Esri the ten awardees (5-HS and 5-MS), with one project each at high school and middle school tagged for a final level of competition. One high school project and one middle school project will earn a trip to the 2017 Esri Education Conference in San Diego, CA.
Esri seeks state teams to conduct each state's competition (limit of one team per state). Minnesota managed it with just a handful of educators (fans of GIS in education from school, college, and the state) to set up and operate it, and a handful of GIS professionals to do the judging. Team leaders can apply using this form ((with the competition now over, the form has been unlinked)). (Contact Charlie Fitzpatrick [below] if your state is making progress but needs more time. Collaboration, commitment, and proven experience working across the state is required.)
The US K12 GIS story map has key resources, including (in map#2) full 2017 results, visible also here. (Use navigation tools, and click on states and point features.)
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS:
Email Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri K12 Education Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortcut to this page: http://esriurl.com/agoschoolcomp2017