Texas Is In!

Dear Teacher or GIS in K12 supporter,

We know this is short notice but with the weather issues in Texas over the past weeks, we felt we should wait to contact you. For the past three years Esri, a top GIS company, has sponsored the nationwide Student Map Contest for grades 4-12 students. In this fourth year of the contest, Esri is again offering $100 prizes for each of five high school and five middle school student StoryMap creators who win at the state level.

This year, Texas is participating in the map contest and the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Education division and once again, Maggie Hutchins, is leading the charge. We would ask that you consider providing this educational mapping opportunity for your students. We have a professional GIS group who is ready to help your students should you so need or desire and we have many materials that we can offer to you to help in your efforts.

In short, the competition:

· is open to all Texas students in public schools, private schools, home schools, and educational clubs.

· has two competition divisions: Middle School (grades 4 to 8) and High School (grades 9 to 12)

· requires students to choose a topic of interest within the borders of Texas, research the topic, map geographic findings, and present findings in a StoryMap entry.

· allows each school or club to submit up to five entries per division to the state competition.

· entries must be created in a FREE Esri ArcGIS Online school bundle account.

· entries must be submitted by April 30.

All the specifics for dates, requirements, and registration form are included in this all in one Texas ArcGIS Online Map Competition for Students StoryMap. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

Thank you for all you are doing for your students during this complicated and difficult time. You are what is keeping education moving forward!

Best regards,

Anita Palmer for the Texas Student Map Competition Team

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