Minnesota ArcGIS Online Map Contest

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What:  An online GIS map making contest
Dates:  March 15, 2016 to May 27, 2016

Who is eligible:  Minnesota public, private, or homeschooled students are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.
Challenge: Your challenge is to create an original Minnesota based map on a topic of interest or concern to you. The area mapped can range from the entire state to a smaller area, like a county or city.  

ArcGIS Online Requirement: You must use ArcGIS Online to create your original map. Your final map must be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • ArcGIS Online Presentation
  • ArcGIS Online Web App
  • ArcGIS Online Story Map

ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge from Esri; see https://esri.app.box.com/connectedpdf for access to software and guidance. Your school will need to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online organization account so you can create and submit your final map.

Prizes:  The five maps judged the best in each division will be awarded a $100 prize. ALL participating students and their teachers will also receive GIS Map Competition t-shirts.

  • Middle School Division – grades 6 – 8
  • Senior High Division – grades 9 – 12
  • Note: Teams spanning grade levels will be entered in the division of the student at the upper grade.
  • Award-winning maps will remain visible to the public for one year.


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