North Carolina GIS Competition

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What is a GIS Competition? It’s an online GIS map making contest for youth GIS Designing our Future logoin grades 4 – 12

Who is eligible:  North Carolina 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 North Carolina based map on a topic of interest or concern to you and connected to your school curriculum in some way. 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 is available to any K-12 school or club free of charge from Esri; see 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. View the national competition announcement.

Prizes:  The five maps judged the best in each division will be awarded a $100 prize and will move to national level judging.

Middle School Division – grades 4 – 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.

Important Dates:  

October 31, 2017 – NC Competition Page is Live and Statewide distribution of information begins.

April 27, 2018 – Recommended deadline for North Carolina school level competition submissions for review at the school level to select top five for submission to the State Committee.

May 4, 2018 – Schools must submit up to five school level winners to State Committee for competition judging by 5 p.m.

May 24, 2018 – State Panel will submit top five middle school (grades 4 – 8) and top five high school (grades 9 – 12) winners to Esri by 5 p.m.

June 4, 2018 – Esri will announce top national submission for middle school (grades 4 – 8) and high school (grades 9 – 12).

July 7 – 10, 2018 – Top national winners* will attend the Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, CA. *Winners must agree to attend the conference.

Sponsors: North Carolina 4-H Youth Development and Esri