ArcGIS Online Competition for US HS+MS Students Guidelines

ArcGIS Online Competition for US HS+MS Students Guidelines:

For more information:

Download Permission and Release Form
Download Esri_AGO_Competition2_SchoolToState

View the past winners here: – Go to Tab 2, Slides 2 , 3, and 4

Competition Directions:
1. Entries must focus on content within state borders on a topic of interest or concern that matters to you. Entries should be analytical in nature; map-centric data is scored higher than a photo-centric map.
a. The ArcGIS Online US School Competition 2018, hosted by Esri, is a nationwide competition that invites middle and high school students to analyze, interpret, and present data via one of the following options (choose one):
• Story map (
• Web app (
2. All entries must be created and submitted using your school organization login.
3. Teams: Students can work either individually or in a group of maximum of two. Students can only be part of one submission.
4. Each school cannot have more than five (5) entries.
5. Each student must complete a Permission and Release Form and each group fill out a Esri_AGO_Competition2_SchoolToState Excel file.
6. Teachers will review each submission and pick the top five to continue to the “School to State” part of the competition.
7. The Hawaii STEM Conference team will review all school submissions and notify the middle and high school projects that will advance to the “State to Esri.” These winners will also be awarded a $100 grant.
8. If chosen as the national winner, must be able to attend the Esri Education GIS Conference July 7-10, 2018 in San Deigo where you will be recognized at the conference. ( A travel grant will allow their teams and at least one parent/guardian to attend.

Design/Judging Criteria:
1. Entries should be analytical in nature, map-centric rather than photo-centric.
2. Entries must be visible without requiring a login. Entries engaging “premium data” (login required, such as Living Atlas) must set up the display to permit access without needing a login.
3. Entries must be “original work by students,” but may use data generated by outside persons or institutions, within guidelines of “fair use.” (Students are encouraged to use appropriate professionally generated data, but the integration, treatment, and presentation must be original.)
4. Entries must provide two links in “short URL” format (e.g., one linking to the item details page and one linking to the display page. (Go to and paste a long url into it. If it has “[anything][anything]”, it will turn into an “” short URL)
5. National scoring rubric (100 points)
(5 points) topic is clearly identified, meets state’s criteria, focuses on content within state borders
(10 points) overall presentation within the “map product” is effective in informing about topic
(20 points) cartography is effective, facilitating the viewer’s grasp of individual elements of the topic and story
(20 points) data used is appropriate — engages an adequate volume and array of clearly significant elements, does not exclude clearly significant elements, does not include irrelevant elements; 5 of “total data points possible” are to be reserved for rewarding the creation, documentation, and inclusion of one’s own data
[0=none, 1=little/weak, 2=some/modest, 3=satisfactory, 4=much/good, 5=most/excellent]
(20 points) geographic analysis is evident, appropriate, effective (classification, symbolization, filtering, geoanalysis); the “map product” is not “simply uniform dots/lines/areas on a map” nor “simply pictures”
(25 points) documentation in the item details page is clear and complete; all non-original contents (including images) in the presentation/ web app/ story map are appropriately referenced and/or linked so their sources are clear, and original contents are described and/or linked; documentation identifies processes used to analyze the content, plus any persons who assisted in project (including specifying if no one did)

Link to competition: – Due by March 16, 2018 at 5pm