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Texas Map Contest

Texas ArcGIS Online Map Contest 2019

With skill, passion, and analysis, high school and middle school students are exploring their world and creating maps with ArcGIS. Esri challenges US students to create and share projects about something in their home states, striving to be among the best in the school, state, and nation. Esri's 2019 ArcGIS  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  web app or story map.

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 2019 Esri Education Conference in San Diego, CA, during Esri's 50th year celebration.

Theme: Texas

This year's theme is Texas. Your Story Map or web app must focus on a concept or event that in Texas. Below are a few ideas:

Turn your GLO Save Texas History Essay into a Story Map "What history in your community is worth saving?" Learn more

Other ideas include

  • Native Americans in Texas
  • Spanish Exploration in Texas
  • Civil Rights in Your Community
  • Texas Celebrations
  • Natural Resources in Your Community/Texas
  • Texas Trade
  • Texas Immigration
  • History of Your Community
  • Birds in Texas
  • Texas' Endangered Species
  • Water in Your Community
  • Recreation Opportunities
  • Explore your Local History & Geography

Register your school. Deadline April 15, 2019.

Early Mentoring option deadline: March 22, 2019. Form availble January 1.

Final map submissions are due: May 6, 2019. Form availble January 1.

Esri will announce its awards decision by 5pm Pacific Time on Monday, June 3, 2019.

0. Review the Contest Details: Eligibility, Entries, Awards, Registration, Design/Judging Criteria, Project Tips, and Personally Identifiable Information. 

1. Apply for an Esri ArcGIS Online school organization account.

2. Register your school for the 2019 contest.

3. Conduct the contest. You decide how to do this on your campus. It may be a class activity or extracurricular activity. Students may participate individually or in pairs. Maps MUST support the theme: "Texas" to be eligible.

4. Submit the maps for an optional mentor review by March 22.

5. Make changes and submit the maps for final judging on May 6.

6. The top 5 maps in each division are awarded a $100 Amazon gift card.

7. Email with any questions.

Rubrics and other support materials coming soon.

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2018 Texas Winners

Xavier Holub and Meredith Perkins from Alamo Heights JHS for National Honorable Mention: Hurricane Harvey's Devastation

Texas' Middle School submission to the National Esri GIS MS & HS Map Competition received Honorable Mention, with only one other submission receiving higher honors in this category. A total of 180 projects were entered into the middle school competition, with only 16 making it to the national level.

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