What is ArcGIS?
ArcGIS Online is a website tool used to make interactive maps in a fun, easy way. It is highly accessible for high school and middle school students, and aims to help young learners share and create maps about something in their home states.
What is a Story Map?
A Story Map is an interactive map that tells a story using images, videos and text. There are many forms a story map can take, including a Virtual Tour, a Journal, a Cascade and more!
How do I make a Story Map?
Templates for all kinds of story maps are readily available on the ArcGIS website. Along with single story maps, students can also use these templates to make a Map Series, Map Comparisons, or Crowdsourced Picture Maps - and even create their own!
About the Competition.
The theme for this year is 'Your Florida Memories'. We challenge Florida students to create a Story Map which tells the story of an important experience they've had with natural Florida. Whether it's a national park, a plant, an animal, or even a space in your school, neighborhood, or community; tell us how it had a special impact on you. Take photos, do a virtual tour, or even tell us about the history behind your chosen memory. But most importantly, use all the wonderful mapping features available to you to tell your story. This is a "map competition." Entries should be analytical in nature, map-centric rather than photo-centric or relying on too much text. Use of videos or static images generated by anyone other than the team members must be carefully documented, and such media should be used sparingly; outside content generally detracts in national judging. Give us a glimpse into the larger impact your memory has had on your understanding of nature, and share your vision through a well-crafted story map.
Eligible students must be under the age of 19, registered in grades 4-12, and any school may submit a maximum of 5 entries total. All entries must be made with ArcGIS Online, and all participants must fill out an an entry form (student to school, school to state) and a Release Form before submission. (Entry forms will be available soon!) Content of the maps must focus on material within Florida's state borders. All school submission forms must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The state submission deadline is now May 8th, 2020. The top five students in each category will receive a medal, plaque and financial reward of $100 (teams will be split evenly). The top placing entry from each category will earn automatic entry into the National ArcGIS Competition by ESRI. Across the country, one HS project and one MS project will be chosen as the national winner and earn a trip to the 2020 Esri Education Summit in San Diego, CA. More details about entries and judging criteria can be found here.
Create your very own Story Map sharing your Florida Memory.