American high school and college students share GIS projects in their country of origin
REDLANDS, California, July 06, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, has announced the winners of the ArcGIS Online 2021 competition for U.S. high schools and colleges. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the competition received the most entries in its five years of existence. Out of 500 applications from high schools and 145 applications from colleges, two laureates and two honorable mentions were chosen. Participating states awarded $ 100 to the top five high school and college projects, awarding a total of 191 students.
“Young people today fully understand their role in shaping the future,” said Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri. “As digital natives, they are well suited to the challenges of technological solutions. At Esri, we invest heavily in programs that help equip young people with geographic problem-solving skills and GIS tools to support advocacy and program work. “
For the competition, students created and submitted original ArcGIS map projects inspired by their home country. Skye Lam won the high school competition with Mapping the Green Paper in New York, and the Kei Handzic-Smith project, Poverty and food in Saint-Louis, won the college competition. The high school honorable mention went to Cassandra Vongrej and Brigid McMahon for their card, Analysis of seagrass in Barnegat bay. And the honorable mention of the college was awarded to Titouan Chaligne and Luc Hoffman for their card, Consumption of organic food in New York State.
The competition provides students with an additional opportunity to use Esri’s GIS software, which is offered free of charge in every school from kindergarten to grade 12. Students in teams of one or two complete a custom project in which they collect, create, analyze, interpret, and present data through a story or an ArcGIS StoryMaps web application. Students choose and construct their own story, gather key foundational knowledge, and develop skills for college and serving their community.
The ArcGIS Online competition for high schools and colleges in the United States began after Minnesota successfully hosted a state-based competition in 2016, encouraging Esri to use the model nationwide. This year’s winners presented their cards during the contest webinar on June 17, 2021, which also included interviews and analysis.
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Jo Ann Pruchniewski
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