9th Grade World Bio, Facilitators:  Christina Lapham & Kelsey Pierce

Community Partners:  Matt Bechdol & Dawn Mason

DeKalb High School New Tech World Bio freshmen won the 2018 Indiana ArcGIS Online Competition, “Place Matters: Exploring Hoosier Communities in Story Maps”.  Throughout the project, students explored how people and places start primary and GIS Winnersbecome extraordinary.  Each group chose a topic that spotlighted characteristics of Indiana world geography and/or biology.  Creating digital story maps using ESRI ArcGIS software, the students conveyed research with written material and digital maps.  To add to the authenticity of the project, students were mentored by and collaborated with local GIS professionals, Matt Bechdol and Dawn Mason.  Winning groups explored a wide variety of topics from Indiana basketball and diminishing bee populations to Indiana bats and the history of Indiana vice presidents.  The Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana (GENI) hosted the statewide competition and awarded $100.00 Amazon gift cards to each group.  The state finalists are entered into the national ArcGIS Online US School Competition.  National winners are announced on June 4th and earn a travel grant to attend the ESRI Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California.  To see all five winning entries please go to http://www.iupui.edu/~geni/.