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Take Your Work To Kids Day, Challenge 6: Living Atlas Cross-Stitch

Challenge 1: Coloring In
Challenge 2: A Forest of Color
Challenge 3: Middle-Earth Your Neighborhood
Challenge 4: Adventure Awaits
Challenge 5: Map Kids, Assemble!

Well, there are many new experiences for us these days. Of course not least among them is the possibility that you are now a remote GIS professional, a parent, a home-school teacher, and any number of other things you have to be when you are sheltering in place. So to aid in harnessing that glimmer of opportunity of collaborating…yes collaborating…with your kids on GIS projects, I lay before you this, our sixth #TakeYourWorkToKidsDay challenge…

Living Atlas Cross-Stitch

You read that right. Go get the kids. There are three steps involved in this challenge…

  1. Crack open the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, look around for cool layers, and choose a topic.
  2. Render this data as cross-stitched maps, obviously. Engage with your young GIS proto-professionals. Set those imaginations ablaze.
  3. Share your map on the socials (tag us and #TakeYourWorkToKidsDay) or comment below with your master work.

You will do this. Here’s how.

0:00 Grab the “Sampler” style for ArcGIS Pro.

0:49 Add the style to Pro.

1:17 Add Living Atlas data to your map. Don’t forget the handy Global Background layer to serve as your fabric base.

2:38 Make it look all cross-stitchy.

5:42 Give the map cool typed-looking labels.

6:22 Get the layout set up.

8:18 Share it!

And wham! You and your progeny will have meticulously cross-stitched a beautiful and charming and engaging map of important scientific data. Then you’ll have a nice little lunch and maybe go out and throw some catch. Then you’ll pat them on their little heads, look them in their eyes, eyes that are hauntingly familiar, and you’ll say something like “nice working with you.”

Love, John

About the author

I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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