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2017 Map Competition for Minnesota Students
Theme: My Minnesota Hometown On The Map

What:  An ArcGIS Online map competition for Minnesota middle school and high school students.

Deadline for submitting maps:  April 21, 2017

Who is eligible:  All Minnesota public, private, or homeschooled students are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.

Entry Limit: Each school will be limited to five maps for submission to the state contest. All maps entered should be judged using the rubric under the Judging Criteria tab.

Theme: For this year's contest you should find an interesting and important story about your selected Minnesota hometown and present it as an ArcGIS Story Map.

Minnesota Hometown Definition:

  • Your hometown can be any Minnesota town you have lived in for more than one year. You may also use a Minnesota town where you have at least one family relative.

  • The area mapped should not exceed a 50 mile radius from the center of your hometown.

What kind of story could be told with at least one map? Here are a few ideas:

  • Create a map to tell the story of  how your hometown was originally settled.

  • Create a map to tell a story of how the development of business, industry, transportation, housing, parks, or schools impacted the geography of your hometown.

  • Create a map to tell the story of how a planned or unplanned event changed the geography of your hometown?

  • Create a map to tell the story of how a past issue your hometown faced and solved left a geographic impact?

  • Create a map to tell the story of a current issue facing your hometown that will have a geographic impact when resolved. For example, selecting a site for a new school, cleaning up a polluted area, relieving traffic congestion, etc.
Bloomington City of Change: Schools  This story map example tells the history of schools in Bloomington. The maps were created by adding USGS historical topographic maps from different time periods. Link to story map example: Bloomington City of Change - Schools Link to: USGS Historical Maps


ArcGIS Online Requirement: You must use ArcGIS Online to create an original map that features an interesting story about your hometown. The map you submit must be a story map in one of the following formats:

  • Story Map Journal

  • Story Map Series

  • Story Map Tour


ArcGIS Online is available to any K-12 school in the United States free of charge from Esri:

Go to https://esri.app.box.com/connectedpdf to sign up for a free ArcGIS Online school organization account. Your final map must be created using the school organization account. You may not use a public account.

Prizes:  The five maps judged the best in each division will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com. All students whose maps are submitted and their teachers will also receive Map Competition T-shirts.

  • Middle School Division - grades 6 - 8

  • Senior High Division - grades 9 - 12

  • Note: Teams spanning grade levels will be entered in the division of the student at the upper grade.

  • Award-winning maps must remain visible to the public for one year.