THE NATIONAL COMPETITION
Middle and high school students and their teachers across the U.S. are invited to explore their world and create interesting online maps about their home state. The ArcGIS Online US School Competition 2017 is open to middle school (grades4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students in the U.S who analyze and present data via an ArcGIS Online presentation, web app, or story map.
THE INDIANA COMPETITION
The theme for our statewide selection for the national competition is “Indiana’s Past, Present, and Future in Story Maps.” Contents should be related to Indiana’s history and/or geography and tell a compelling story. What kind of story could be told with maps? There is a wide range of possibilities, from the local history of your hometown, stories about immigration to Indiana, and natural treasures in the state to peculiarities of Hoosier culture, environmental problems, and other interesting topics. It is up to you.
The Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI) invites all middle and high school teachers and students to take part in this competition. All public, private, or homeschooled students in Indiana are eligible to enter the contest. Each participating school selects up to 5 submissions.
The competition is an initiative to stimulate the use of GIS technologies in schools and teach students to engage with their reality, analyze problems, and think critically about space and place. Participants use ArcGIS Online to create an original map that features an interesting story about Indiana. You can find a large number of story map examples and instructions for how to create these maps at https://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/.
ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge. Go to https://esri.app.box.com/connectedpdf to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online school organization account.
All students who submit maps and their teachers will receive a participation certificate from the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI). The five maps judged the best in each category (middle school and high school) will be awarded $100 Amazon.com gift certificates similar vouchers.
HOW TO GET STARTED?
Interested teachers need to get in touch with Jörn Seemann (firstname.lastname@example.org) to pre-register and receive further material and assistance. The deadline for submitting student maps for the statewide competition is May 07, 2017 11:59 p.m. State Awardees will be announced no later than Sunday, May 14.
Further information will be available soon on the GENI website: http://www.iupui.edu/~geni/
The complete rules are available at: