With skill, passion, and analysis, high school and middle school students are exploring their world and creating interesting map products with ArcGIS Online. Esri challenges US students to create and share maps about something in their home states, striving to be among the best in the school, state, and nation. Esri's 2018 ArcGIS Online US School Competition is open to high school ("HS," gr.9-12) and middle school ("MS," gr.4-8) students in the US who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS Online web app or story map.
In 2016, Minnesota and Arkansas held state-focused challenges. In 2017, Esri launched a national challenge, and 30 states participated (results below). For 2018, Esri offers to all states the chance to participate, with grants to states supporting ten equal prizes of $100, for the five best HS and five best MS projects in the state. Schools can submit up to five projects to the state, and states submit to Esri up to ten awardees (up to 5 HS, up to 5 MS), with one project each at HS and MS tagged for a final level of competition. From across the nation, one HS project and one MS project will each earn a trip to the 2018 Esri Education Conference in San Diego, CA.
State Leadership Team: Esri seeks state teams to conduct each state's competition (limit of one team per state, covering all 4th-12th graders in the state). The team may consist of geo-savvy adults from schools, higher ed, informal ed, government, business, and non-profit realms; different types of expertise are important; the team's key tasks are spelled out in "VII" below. Team leaders can apply using this form. (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 symbols.)
2018 Contest Details:
IV. State Registration, Mentoring, and Judging
V. Design/Judging Criteria
VI. Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
VII. State Leadership Teams