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Online Map Competition for middle and high schools

Contributed by: Jorn Seemann
Published: Friday, 23 February 2018 3:00 PM
Dear Ball State Community,
I would like to count on you to disseminate the 2018 Online Map Competition for middle and high school students in the United States. As the coordinator for Indiana, I would like to invite educators, school administrators, students, and the broader community to participate in this competition. Participants use online mapping tools to create a map that visualizes an interesting story about Indiana. This year's theme is "Place Matters: Exploring Hoosier Communities." The five best entries will take part in the national competition. General rules are described below.
Please get in touch with Dr. Jorn Seemann, Department of Geography at Ball State to ask for further details (

Best wishes,
Jorn Seemann
Place Matters: Exploring Hoosier Communities

Middle and high school students and their teachers across the U.S. are invited to explore their world and create interesting online maps about their home state. The ArcGIS Online US School Competition 2018 is open to middle school (grades4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students in the U.S who analyze and present data via an ArcGIS Online presentation, web app, or story map.

The theme for our statewide selection for the national competition is “Place Matters: Exploring Hoosier Communities in Story Maps”. Contents should be related to Indiana places: biology, landscape, water, trash, energy, ecology… and should tell a compelling story. What kind of story could be told with maps? There is a wide range of possibilities, from the local ecology of your hometown, stories about immigration to your community, natural treasures in your community/state, or peculiarities of Hoosier culture, environmental problems, and other interesting topics.

The Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI) invites all middle and high school teachers and students to take part in this competition. All grades 5-12 public, private, or homeschooled students in Indiana are eligible to enter the contest. Each participating school selects up to 5 submissions.

The competition is an initiative to stimulate the use of GIS technologies in schools and teach students to engage with their reality, analyze problems, and think critically about space and place. Participants use ArcGIS Online to create an original map that features an interesting story about Indiana. You can find a large number of story map examples and instructions for how to create these maps at
ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge. Go to to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online school organization account.

All students who submit maps and their teachers will receive a participation certificate from the Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI). The five maps judged the best in each category (middle school and high school) will be awarded $100 gift certificates.

Interested teachers need to get in touch with Jörn Seemann ( to pre-register and receive further material and assistance. The deadline for submitting student maps for the statewide competition is May 07, 2018 11:59 p.m. State Awardees will be announced no later than Wednesday, May 16.

The complete rules are available at: