2020 North Carolina GIS Competition for Grades 4-12

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North Carolina GIS Competition for grades 4 – 12

Sponsors: North Carolina 4-H Youth Development and Esri

What:  An online GIS map making contest


April 25, 2020 – Recommended deadline for North Carolina school level competition submissions for review at the school level to select the top five for submission to the State Committee (tbray@ncsu.edu).

May 6, 2020 – Schools must submit up to five school level winners to State Committee for competition judging by 5 p.m.

May 20, 2020 – State Panel will submit the top five middle school (grades 4 – 8) and top five high school (grades 9 – 12) winners to Esri by 5 p.m.

June 1, 2020 – Esri will announce top national submission for middle school (grades 4 – 8) and high school (grades 9 – 12).

July 11 – 14, 2020 – Top national winners* will attend the Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, CA. *Winners must agree to attend the conference.

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:

Entries must be from an ArcGIS  Organization account (not a “public account”). Any K12 school (public, non-public, or home school) or formal youth club can request for free an ArcGIS School/Club Bundle(includes an ArcGIS  Organization account).

  • Entries must be in the form of a StoryMap (“new” template), or a Story Map (any of the “classic” templates), or an ArcGIS web app (via template or builder).

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 into the division of the student in the upper grade.

Award-winning maps will remain visible to the public for one year.

GIS Competition PDF 

Questions: Please contact Thomas Ray at  tbray@ncsu.edu

Program Forms: Esri_AGO_Competition1_StuTeamToSchool-1 (3)

ESRI Form 2