Story Maps 

Online U.S. School Competition


Congratulations to the top placing entries for the state of Florida 2020! 

Christopher Moorman | Seminole Middle
         My Florida Memories

Taylor Gold Central Park Elementary
         Taylor's Florida Memories

View entries from all around the nation here.

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 flgeoalliance@gmail.com.
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.

Step 1
Make an Organization Account with ArcGIS Online. Any U.S. K12 School (including public, non-public or home schools) can request an Organization account for free here.
Step 2
While you wait for your Esri Organization account to process, look over the Help Document to explore, discover, and brainstorm ideas for your local map entry. This is the perfect time to form questions about the map-making process, and to contact flgeoalliance@gmail.com for any further assistance you may need.
Step 3
Start by creating your own map! Choose a Story Map Template to start developing your story. You can view previous winners at the state and national levels to brainstorm ideas. When you are ready, publish it to share with the rest of the world!
Step 4
Fill out and submit an entry form (student to school, school to state) and a Release Form. (Forms will be available soon!) Schools determine the date of their own, school-wide competition on an individual basis. Students fill out the "Students To School" form to submit their project to the relevant school. Teachers at each school determine their top 5 entries. (They should be mindful of the scoring rubrics used at the state and national levels.) Once selected, teacher/s at each school may copy and paste information from the top 5 student entries into the "School To State" entry form, and submit to flgeoalliance@gmail.com.
Step 5
The Deadline to submit to your state is May 8th, 2020. Keep an eye out for the state and national winners to be announced on June 1st, 2020.

Submissions are now CLOSED!

Have a question about the competition? Send us a message!

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