OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa and Cedar Rapids students and teachers participated in the second annual Iowa Map Contest, creating story maps of their favorite places in Iowa.

Using Esri’s ArcGIS Online Mapping platform, students collected data for their projects, then incorporated their data into interactive story maps which included images and information to provide context, supplemental information, and their methodology to viewers.

Teachers and students in the middle school division (grades 4-8) and high school division (grades 9-12) were eligible to participate, with support from Esri to schools through their ArcGIS Online Organization accounts, free to any K-12 school (public, private or home school) or formal youth club.

The top five maps from each school in each division were submitted to a team of judges, comprised of GIS Professionals (Geographic Information Systems), and judges chose the top five maps from each division for a state award. Each of 10 winners could receive a $100 award from Esri.

In addition, the first place map in each division was submitted to Esri for the national competition, and the top winner in each division overall received an invitation to attend the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Cali., in July.

Iowa is pleased to announce its winners in the 2018 Iowa Map Contest, with the link to their Story Map entries. Four students, two individuals and one team of two, submitted 2018 entries.

High School

• First Place: Views of Oskaloosa by Dylan VanLeuven & Jaden Van Roekel of Oskaloosa High School; teacher Laura Ayala. https://arcg.is/2wW0gKg

• Nature Trails by Emily Orman of Oskaloosa High School; teacher – Laura Ayala. http://arcg.is/2wPYNoE

The Iowa Map Contest is sponsored by The Iowa Department of Education-Social Studies Division, the Iowa Geographic Information Council, William Penn University, and ESRI. The 2019 competition details will be announced in early fall. For more information about the Iowa competition, visit https://sites.google.com/site/iowamapcontest/.

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