CT Maps Competition

The CT Maps Competition

The CT Maps Competition is a unique opportunity for students in middle and high school to showcase their ideas using Esri’s ArcGIS Online and StoryMaps platform. Students author a web map or storymap and submit it to the CT state leadership team to be judged. The leadership team is made up of mapping professionals from across CT. The team will select 5 winners from each division (middle & high school) and dole out cash prizes and accolades. The top winner in each division will go on to compete nationally with other state winners from across the country. The grand prize winners in each division will be selected by Esri and will be given the opportunity to present their storymap or web map at the 2020 Esri Education Summit in San Diego in July (expenses paid!). That’s a very big deal!

Winners of the 2020 CT Maps Competitions are listed below. Congratulations to all of these hard working students. Any questions should be directed to the CT GIS Network Education Committee Chair, Cary Chadwick at cary.chadwick@uconn.edu

2020 CT Maps Competition

The CT GIS Network would like to congratulate all of the participants of the 2020 CT Maps Competition. This year was certainly unique and presented new challenges as students prepared their final projects during the COVID-19 quarantine. We understand the considerable effort that went into creating these story maps. We would also like to thank their teachers and mentors for supporting them through the project work. Great work and many congratulations to the top winners in each division. The first place two story maps in each division will go on to compete nationally with other students from across the country. Congratulations to Melinda Lu, the winner of the high school division, and the team of William Snead and AJ Corelli, winners of the middle school division. Good luck on the national stage!

High School Division Winner:
1st Place | The Beavers of Mendell’s Folly
Student Author: Melinda Lu
Teacher: Shaun DeRosa
School: Amity Regional High School, Woodbridge, CT
View: Details, Story Map

HS story map winner


Middle School Division Winner:

1st Place | The 2018 Connecticut Gubernatorial Election
Student Author: William Snead & AJ Corelli
Teacher: Jennifer Ferris-Atkins
School: Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT
View: Details, Story Map

MS story map winner

 

The following story maps also received very high marks. Congratulations, students!

Additional Award Winners | High School Division:
Westminster School, Simsbury, CT
Environmental Impact on Ovenbird Songs, DetailsStory Map

The Marvelwood School, Kent, CT
Traveling the Northwest Corner in the Real Bat Mobile, Details, Story Map
Do You Have What it Takes to Customize a Raven Exhibit?, Details, Story Map

Additional Award Winners | Middle School Division:
Dual Language Arts Middle School, Waterford, CT
Camp Harkness, Details, Story Map

2019 CT Maps Competition

The CT GIS Network would like to congratulate the participants of the 2018-2019 CT Maps Competition. Students and teachers from across Connecticut recently participated in this national maps competition for middle and high school students. Sponsored by Esri and utilizing Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform, students presented data and information on a topic or project of their choice in interactive story maps. Subject matter ranged from wildlife to war battles. A panel made up of GIS professionals judged the entries and selected a top prize winner in both the middle school and high school divisions. We would like to recognize the students and teachers who participated in the contest this year and acknowledge the house of work that go into collecting data, developing maps, and producing supplemental material including videos and engaging photographs that make these projects so fantastic.

For the CT Maps Competition, Esri has granted $100 awards to the top 5 maps in each division. The 1st place winner in each division will be submitted to Esri for judging at the national level. The top overall individual/team in each division will receive an invitation to attend the Esri International Users Conference in San Diego, California in July 2019. In total, 36 states participated in this year’s national competition. Esri will announce the national winners on June 3, 2019.

We are pleased to announce the top 5 maps and the first-place winners of the 2019 Connecticut Maps Competition.

 

High School Division Winner:
1st Place | Birding the Audrey & Robert Tobin Preserve
Student Author: Madelyn Malinowski
Teacher: Laurie Doss
School: The Marvelwood School, Kent, CT
View: Details, Story Map

Winner of the 2019 CT Maps Competition, HS

 

Middle School Division Winner:
1st Place | Water Quality of the Rippowam River
Student Author: Aryan Pandalai
Teacher: Jennifer Ferris
School: Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT
View: Details, Story Map

Winner of the 2019 CT Maps Comp, MS

 

Additional Award Winners | High School Division:
The Marvelwood School, Kent, CT
Pilot Bioacoustics Study of Avian Wildlife, DetailsStory Map
Are Acoustic Contributions to the CT Bird Atlas Possible, Details, Story Map

Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford, CT
View the Q, Details, Story Map
A Tour of Ives Farm: A Cheshire Land Trust Treasure, Details, Story Map

Additional Award Winners | Middle School Division:
Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT
CT War Trail, Details, Story Map
Colleges in the Northeast, Details, Story Map

 

The CT Maps Competition was sponsored by Esri. Based in Redlands, CA, Esri is the global market leader in Geographic Information Systems software. The CT Leadership Team organized the event and provided guidance to the contestants, and judged entries using Esri’s standard judging criteria. Many thanks to Cary Chadwick (University of Connecticut),  Miriam Olivares (Yale University), Mark Hoover (MetroCOG), and Steve Perry (SPerry Geospatial) for volunteering their time to support this effort.

If you are interested in participating in the 2019-2020 CT Maps Competition as either a student, teacher, GIS mentor, or judge, please contact Cary Chadwick at cary.chadwick@uconn.edu for additional information.