ArcGIS Online School Competition 2018

A Mapping Competition Open to High School and Middle School
Students in the United States

Students analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data via ArcGIS Story Maps

Esri invites students to explore a situation in their state (using state competition guidelines) and share the results in a Story Map. Explore your world!

By studying the details of a situation they choose and constructing their own story, students assemble key background knowledge and build skills for college and serving their community.

States can customize the competition to emphasize local topics of special importance and set dates that work best for their school communities.


  • Eligibility is limited to students in grades 4–12 in public or nonpublic schools (including home schools). Students working independently or in clubs submit through their schools.
  • Students may work by themselves or in teams of two, but they may participate in only one entry.
  • Schools may submit up to five entries total to their state.
  • See more competition details


  • Esri offers a free ArcGIS School Bundle to every US K–12 school and club. Students can have their own login to view and analyze data and create and save maps.
  • Learn to use maps made by others, find content, analyze data, create and save maps, and collaborate.


  • Winners will be announced on June 4, 2018.
  • Participating states will award $100 to each of the five best high school and five best middle school projects.
  • From among all the winners across the nation, Esri will award to one high school and one middle school team a travel grant to attend the Esri Education GIS Conference.