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2021 ArcGIS Online Student Competition

The 2021 ArcGIS Online Student Competition is now closed and winners have been announced.

This year, Arizona submitted five projects to the Esri sponsored ArcGIS Online Student Competition.  The state winner was announced yesterday.  Congratulations to Maya Settles for her storymap about Covid-19 in the Navajo Nation!  Maya’s project discusses the early spread of COVID-19 throughout the Navajo Nation, where they had some of the highest infection rates per capita for a time. and even discusses some of the causes for the high numbers.
The other competition submissions were no less impressive.  They included Rucha Sathe for Arizona: The Covid Hotspot; Justin French for the Importance of Arizona State Parks; Bellamaria Mantini for Water Shortage in Arizona; and Lia Taylor for High Schools in the Phoenix Suburbs.

All submissions to the competition came from ninth graders at Corona Del Sol High School and were sponsored by teacher Dawn Schmidt.  Dawn also sponsored all the students, including the state winner, at last year’s competition.  Thank you Dawn for supporting and encouraging your students during this competition.


Across the US, high school and middle school students are exploring their world and creating interesting map products using ArcGIS Online. Esri now challenges students to create and share maps about some topic in their home state, working to be among the best in the school, state, and nation.

The ArcGIS Online School Competition 2021 is open to US high school (9-12) and middle school (4-8) students who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS Online presentation, web app, or story map.

ArcGIS Online Student Competition


The Basics of the State Level Competition


Entrants must be registered in a recognized public, private or home school in grades 4-12 and must be 18 years of age or less. Students can work singly or in teams of two but can participate in only one entry. Teams with a student in middle school and a student in high school will be entered in the high school competition. Any school may submit a maximum of 5 total entries. This limit of 5 includes the sum of middle school and high school entries.


   1)  One adult sponsor registers his or her school/organization by March 19, 2021 (registered sponsors will be contacted with information on how to submit entries).

   2)  Ensure the sponsor school/organization has an Esri ArcGIS Online organizational account.  If you are not certain or need an account, here is a video or transcript for help.

   3) School/organization promotes the competition and supports participants in the creation of story maps or web apps that:

          •   Answer an Arizona-based question,

          •  Propose a solution to an Arizona-based problem, or

          •  Address an Arizona-based issue.

   3)  School/organization collects and judges the maps/apps (if there are more than 5 entries) before May 12, 2021

           For an opportunity to receive mentoring feedback, please submit draft entry by March 19, 2021.  Submissions will receive feedback and be able to resubmit by the contest deadline in May. 

   4)  School/organization submits up to 5 entries to the competition by May 12, 2021

   5)   Arizona judges select the top 5 HS and top 5 MS (grades 4-8) entries, award $100 gift card to each winning entry, and enter the 10 state-level winners in the Esri national competition

Special thanks to the leadership team coordinating Arizona's AGOL Student Competition:  

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Linda Burrows, K-12 Social Studies and World and Native Languages Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

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Lori Rubino-Hare, Professional Development Coordinator/Research Associate, NAU Center for Science Teaching and Learning

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Jenna Leveille, Arizona Deputy State Cartographer, Arizona State Land Department

Carla McAuliffe, Senior Curriculum Developer, Professional Development Specialist,
Researcher, & Evaluator, Center for STEM Teaching and Learning, TERC





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