Middle and high school students in Delaware are encouraged to use geographic information system (GIS) technology to highlight facts and features unique to Delaware.

The Delaware Department of Education, in conjunction with the state’s geospatial education community, is encouraging middle and high school students to join Esri’s 2023 ArcGIS webapp competition. As part of the competition, students are challenged to create and share interactive mapping projects using ESRI ArcGIS software.

The competition to open to students attending public or private schools, as well as those who are homeschooled. To enter the national competition, Delaware students must create a digital map or Story map that highlights facts and features unique to Delaware.

The Delaware Department of Education noted that assistance is available to teachers and students who have limited knowledge of how to create an ArcGIS Story map or web app. Additionally, Delaware’s top five middle and top five high school students each will be awarded a $100 cash prize. The state also will select one middle school and one high school entrant to compete nationally. Winners at the national level each will earn a trip to the 2023 Esri Education Summit in San Diego, CA.

“I loved meeting with last year’s winners and learning about their projects. They were excited about what they learned and the chance they had to practice real-world skills,” Secretary of Education Mark Holodick said in a statement.

Interested students are encouraged, but not required, to “pre-register” by Feb. 28, 2023. According to competition rules, states have until May 15, 2023 to submit entries to Esri and winners will announce results on May 30, 2023.

The state provides more information, as well as examples of past entries, on the Department of Education’s website.

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