Story Maps 

Online U.S. School Competition

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!  Detailed instructions for how to make a map can be found below.
About the Competition.
Audubon has announced 2018 the Year of the Bird. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, people all across the nation are stepping up conservation efforts for birds big and small. For this year's competition, we challenge students to choose a bird local to their home and use its inspiration to create a story map. This map should include information such as location, habitat, status (endangered, special concern, thriving, etc.), predation, environmental threats, and so on. Most importantly, the map should offer possible solutions in order to help them thrive.
Eligibile 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. Content of the maps must focus on material within Florida's state borders. All school submission forms must be sent to flgiscompetition@ispa.fsu.edu.
The state submission deadline is May 1st, 2018. 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 2018 Esri Education Summit in San Diego, CA. More details about entries and judging criteria can be found here.


Congratulations to the top placing entries for the state of Florida 2018! 

Brianna O'RourkeCreekside High School 
         The Plight of the Blue Jay

Sonya Walker | Gause Academy
         Bald Eagles in Polk County

Zachary Nelson | Gause Academy
         Sandhill Cranes

National Rankings can be found here

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 flgiscompetition@ispa.fsu.edu for any further assistance you may need.
Step 3
Start by creating your own map, then choose a Story Map Template to start developing your story, and 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. 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 flgiscompetition@ispa.fsu.edu.
Step 5
Keep an eye out for the state and national winners to be announced on June 4th, 2018.

Create your very own Story Map using inspiration from local Florida birds.


Submissions are closed! Please send all relevant inquiries to flgiscompetition@ispa.mail.fsu.edu. 

The judging process is currently underway!

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
  • YouTube - White Circle
  • Pinterest - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle