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Texas Map Contest

Texas ArcGIS Online Map Contest 2019


AGO competition 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, issue, or event in Texas. Below are a few ideas:

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, Issues in Your Community, Explore your Local History & Geography or any other story, idea, issue in Texas.

2019 AGO Rubric (PDF, 524 KB)
Esri_AGO_Comp_Stage1_StuTeamToSchool (XLSX, 18 KB)
Students fill out the "StuTeamToSchool" form to submit their project to the relevant school. Teachers at each school determine their top 5 entries. Contact with any questions.
Esri_AGO_Comp_Stage2_SchoolToState (XLSX, 19 KB)
Teacher/s at each school copy and paste information from the top 5 student entries into the "SchoolToState" sheet. Submit to
Esri wants to alert students to the need for attention to authorship and to personally identifiable information. Esri seeks to identify by name in the results map the top 1MS+1HS individuals (or teams) from each state, to acknowledge their success. For this reason, Esri needs permissions. From each student seeking to use his/her real name, the school should require a form in which the student (likely by parent/guardian signature) attests to the ownership of or permission to use all the contents, and the permission to use the student's name and likeness. This form is patterned after Esri's standard form for presenters at our User Conference, but states and schools may have special desires for customizations, so the form is provided here as a generic Word docx file. Schools should seek and retain these forms.

Register Your School. Deadline May 1, 2019 - EXTENDED!

Early Mentoring Submission option deadline: March 22, 2019.

Final map submissions are due: May 6, 2019 at 6 pm CST.

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.

National resources and information.

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    1. Entrants must be pre-collegiate students registered in grades 4-12, from public schools or non-public schools including home schools, under age 19, who have not yet received a high school diploma or equivalent
    2. Entrants must reside and be in school in the United States or its districts or territories: 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. (Thus, "state" in this document means one of these 56 units.)
    3. Students can work singly or in a team of two, but can participate in only one entry. Teams with one student in middle school (gr.4-8) and one in high school (gr.9-12) must be considered as high school.
    4. Entrants may work on the challenge through school, via a club, or independently, but entries must be submitted to the state from a recognized school or home school.
    5. Any school or home school program can submit to the state a maximum of five (5) entries total, counting the sum of middle school and high school entries.
  • Full Contest Rules and Esri National Competition Information:

  • The top five Texas high school and five middle school students/teams will receive a prize of $100 Amazon giftcard. The state will choose a finalist from both the middle school category and the high school category to progress to the national competition. Esri will select one national middle school and high school winner to attend Esri's Education GIS Conference in San Diego, CA. At the conference, national winners will showcase their map in the main Map Gallery!

  • Maps must be created from an ArcGIS Online Organization account and must follow one of the ArcGIS Online formats: ArcGIS Online Web App or ArcGIS Online Story Map

    Obtaining an ArcGIS Online account is free of charge from Esri for use in K-12 schools in the United States. To request an account, visit

  • View last year's nationwide participants and winners.

    Click on the circle with the 2 and then click on the arrows at the bottom of the map.

    Minnesota's 2016 awardee page

    Arkansas's 2016 awardee page

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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