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Texas Map Contest

Texas ArcGIS Online Map Contest 2020


AGO competition 2019

Esri challenges US high school and middle school students to create and share projects about something in their home states, striving to be among the best in the school, state, and nation. Esri's 2020 ArcGIS US School Competition is open to high school ("HS," gr.9-12) and middle school ("MS," gr.4-8) students in the US who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS web app or story map.


Esri offers to all states (and districts, territories, and DoDEA) the chance to participate, with grants to states supporting ten equal prizes of $100, for the five best HS and five best MS projects in the state. Schools can submit up to five projects to the state, and states submit to Esri up to ten awardees (up to 5 HS, up to 5 MS), with one project each at HS and MS tagged for a final level of competition. From across the nation, one HS project and one MS project will each earn a trip to the 2020 Esri Education Conference in San Diego, CA.


State Leadership Teams: Esri seeks state leadership teams to conduct each state's competition (limit of one team per state, covering all 4th-12th graders in the state). The team may consist of geo-savvy adults from schools, higher Ed, informal Ed, government, business, and non-profit realms; different types of expertise are important.


Congratulations to the 2019 Texas Winners of the ArcGIS Online Mapping Contest!

High School

  1. Research on Education in Public Education in Dallas, TX, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
  2. Dallas Transportation, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
  3. Analyzing Gentrification in East Austin, Akins High School in Austin ISD
  4. A Park with a Purpose, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
  5. ETI STEM Fellows Class Overview, Bishop Dunne Catholic School

Middle School

  1. The History of San Antonio Through the Eyes of My Family, Alamo JHS in Alamo Heights ISD


About ArcGIS Online Competition for US High School and Middle School Students

Esri’s competition for U.S. high school (gr.9-12) and middle school (gr.4-8) students challenges students to do a research project about something within the boundaries of their state, and present results in a Story Map or web application. Students may work solo or in teams of two, in school or out, and submit their entry through the school. Each school, no matter the size, may submit to the state a maximum of five entries. The state leadership team, working with judges, determines up to five winners each at high school and middle school levels, and awards to each team prizes of $100 (funds provided as a grant from Esri). States send all their results to Esri, identifying one top high school entry and one top middle school entry for a national competition, where the winners at each level earn a trip to Esri’s Education Summit and User Conference in San Diego, CA, including presenting their creations during the Monday Map Gallery, as part of the world’s largest gathering of GIS users (this year well over 15,000). In 2019, 36 states are participating; at, viewers can see the participating states, links to their competition info websites, and links to results from previous years. 

2018 Texas Winners

Xavier Holub and Meredith Perkins from Alamo Heights JHS for National Honorable Mention: Hurricane Harvey's Devastation

Texas' Middle School submission to the National Esri GIS MS & HS Map Competition received Honorable Mention, with only one other submission receiving higher honors in this category. A total of 180 projects were entered into the middle school competition, with only 16 making it to the national level.

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